DeKalb Ave: another update

Long a sore spot for commuters and residents, DeKalb Avenue got a facelift last year: safer pedestrian crossings, fresh pavement, sidewalk fixes, and three segments of bike/LIT lanes. 

Reminder: Known as the “DeKalb Ave Safety Improvements Project,” these changes actually make up a scaled-back version of the full complete street project, known as “Phase II Safe Streets project.” That overhaul–set to include a separated bicycle/scoot/walk path between Krog Street and Rocky Ford Road–is still planned and funded through the Moving Atlanta Forward program. 

We celebrate the progress! And, we have questions that haven’t been resolved yet. Some of these questions have come from community members who’ve reached out to our team. (Thanks, y’all!)

  • Can you fix the lane striping between Arizona Ave and Clifton Ave? The travel lane and bike lane segment don't line up. Video
  • When will the protected two-way bike lane/cycletrack be completed between Inman Park MARTA station and Elmira? Video 
  • When will a curb cut be added to safely access the PATH to Decatur, where the cycle track ends abruptly near Ridgecrest? 
  • When will the manholes and grates be raised to the same grade as the new pavement? 

Atlanta Department of Transportation (ATLDOT) Commissioner Solomon Caviness mentioned these concerns at the February 14th City Council Transportation Committee meeting. The “What’s New” section of the slide below details the status of DeKalb Avenue safety improvements. (Here’s the full presentation.)

Once the safety project is complete, we’ll turn our DeKalb energy to the Phase II Safe Streets project: 

Photo: Propel ATL