It’s been a while since we’ve had any major updates to post to the blog, but things are really starting to move now. After the community open house meeting we held back in December 2018, we have been working with our steering committee and the City to refine the design based on what we heard at the meeting.
Since then, the City has been working in the background on coordinating with the Georgia Department of Transportation, finding partners to help design and construct the project, and applying for additional grant money to help make the project even more successful.
Here is where we are now:
- The project was awarded a $10,000 grant from the organization People for Bikes to provide additional funding!
- The City has identified a firm to design the roadway lane re-striping and protected bike lane design. This portion will be designed by the firm Arcadis through its pro bono design program at no additional cost to the project budget.
- The city has begun researching and purchasing materials for the parklet space, including seating and planters.
More updates will be coming soon, but I wanted to let everyone know where we’re at. The next steps include creating detailed engineering plans, further coordination with the Georgia Department of Transportation, and then after that, construction of the first phase of the project. The first phase is expected to include the roadway lane re-striping and protected bike lanes, as well as upgrading the crosswalk by the bridge and placing some initial parklet seating and planters. We will want to get your input on these things, so stay tuned! Until then, stay safe!