DeKalb Avenue is fast, dangerous, and out of control. In 2015, Atlanta voters overwhelming approved the Renew Atlanta Infrastructure Bond to update and improve our streets. DeKalb Avenue made the Renew Atlanta list as a Complete Street which means it is on the way to becoming a safer place for people who bike, walk, and drive on this vital east-west corridor.
In April 2018, we transformed DeKalb Avenue at Atlanta Streets Alive - Eastside! 74,000 people biked, walked, skated, or pushed strollers at Atlanta Streets Alive. That’s nearly a week’s worth of car traffic crammed into 4 hours on a street that carries about 15,000 vehicles per day. This route connected 11 Atlanta neighborhoods -- Downtown, Sweet Auburn, Old Fourth Ward, Cabbagetown, Inman Park, Little Five Points, Reynoldstown, Candler Park, Edgewood, Lake Claire, and Kirkwood.
Following our successful Atlanta Streets Alive, Renew Atlanta led a public meeting where they stated that the Complete Street project would be divided into two phases.
Phase 1 (Target Completion Date - January 2019) addresses the urgent safety concerns on the corridor and involves replacing the reversible lane with turn lanes, resurfacing and traffic signal coordination upgrades;
Phase 2 (Target Completion Date - Late 2020) will focus on the Complete Streets infrastructure and fiber communication installation
Phase 1 never happened and the reversible lane still remains.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms identified major funding shortfalls in the Renew Atlanta/TSPLOST programs that would jeopardize long overdue projects overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2015 and 2016. Safety, mobility, and affordability are at the heart of Atlanta’s Transportation Plan which was recently approved by City Council.
We want Mayor Bottoms to restore public trust in the City’s capacity to deliver safe, equitable, and critical transportation projects starting by prioritizing the DeKalb Avenue Complete Streets in Renew Atlanta/TSPLOST.
Our vision for DeKalb Avenue