A Safer Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway

 

The Issue

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The Issue

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Pedestrian Safety Action Plan calls Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway one of the “top corridors in Georgia with clear patterns of pedestrian crashes that resulted in serious or fatal injuries.” In 2019 the Atlanta Intown Multimodal Safety Analysis Study found that Hollowell was among the corridors with high rates of people being hit by speeding drivers. (Find out why some roads are more dangerous than others).

Two more people were killed by speeding drivers as they tried to cross Hollowell between August-September 2022. One individual was described by loved ones as "a skilled carpenter/mechanic by trade... a people person [who] never met a stranger." The driver of the car who hit him eventually stopped in a gas station to report the crash. Another was "hit and left to die." The driver who hit her has not been found. 

8 people have been killed after being hit by cars on Hollowell Parkway between 2017-2021, making it among Atlanta's deadliest roads on the High-Injury Network. 3 of the 8 were people walking or crossing the street. (Data from Crash Data Portal.)

These stark statistics obscure the stories behind them. In 2019 14-year-old Jermaine “J.J.” Wallace, Jr. was killed by a speeding driver as he waited for the school bus on Hollowell, just days after a man was hit and killed as he carried his groceries home.

Community-based solutions

Clearly, a solution to this well-documented pattern of tragedy, outcry, and inaction is long overdue. 

  • In 2019, after J.J. Wallace’s tragic passing, neighborhood leaders and elected officials organized a series of town hall meetings called “One Corridor”  to discuss the challenges facing people trying to use or cross Donald L. Hollowell Parkway.
  • In January 2020, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) responded to community calls for safety with the announcement that it would install three signalized crossings on the corridor. 
  • In summer of 2020, we partnered with community members to form the Donald Lee Hollowell Safe Streets Committee. Community members studied safe street design and made safety requests of GDOT, noting “We are honored to advocate for a corridor with such an inspirational namesake. Donald Lee Hollowell’s work should be further honored by improving the street to prioritize safety and inclusion.”  
  • In 2021, GDOT installed one of the pedestrian crossings outside the Johnnie B. Moore Towers senior center.
  • The other two pedestrian crossings promised were added to a safety project between Hamilton E. Holmes Drive / James Jackson Parkway and Stiff Street (2.8 miles in length) that will convert the corridor to three lanes with a center left-turn lane. This safety project is intended to meet community demands to reduce dangerous high speeds of cars, add a buffer between the roadway and the sidewalk, and make crossing the street on foot, bike/scooter, or wheelchair safer and easier. 

In 2022 GDOT launched community engagement for the safety project. You can follow the safety improvements and other projects planned for Hollowell here. The map below is from the GDOT Hollowell projects page, which includes a link to the summer 2022 updates.In addition to the safety project, we’re paying close attention to the “scoping study” (PI # 0015382) to make sure it continues the trend of prioritizing safety for this high-speed corridor. 

Take Action

A safer Hollowell for community members is long-overdue – you can help make it happen! 

Call on city and state officials to support the safety project and take it further, and to act with the urgency and diligence this dire situation requires.  

 

 

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