Comments pour in on Peachtree Road bike lanes

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The Georgia Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that it needs more time to respond to more than 2,000 comments received about a proposal to add a center turn lane and bicycle lanes along Peachtree Road in Buckhead.

Typically, the department advertises that it will respond to all comments within 30 days. GDOT extended the comment period from the original deadline of Nov. 9 to Nov. 16 to allow more time for the public to weigh in, during which time many more comments were received.

“We are diligently documenting each comment submitted to the department about the proposed Peachtree Road project, said Carleton Fisher, Georgia DOT project manager. “Citizens who submitted a comment via email, mail, court reporter, or online will receive a response letter from the Georgia DOT after each comment is reviewed.”

GDOT held an open house in late October at the Shephard Center to provide information about the project.

The proposed project is aimed at improving safety and traffic flow along Peachtree Road. It includes installing a two-way left turn lane in the center from Pharr Road to Deering Road, and adding dedicated bicycle lanes from Deering Road to Peachtree Battle Avenue.

This lane configuration is proposed by Georgia Department of Transportation on the section of Peachtree Road from Deering Road to near Peachtree Battle Avenue. Currently, there are three northbound and three southbound lanes. The proposed plan would eliminate one lane in each direction to add a center turn lane and two bike lanes.

This lane configuration is proposed by Georgia Department of Transportation on the section of Peachtree Road from Deering Road to near Peachtree Battle Avenue. Currently, there are three northbound and three southbound lanes. The proposed plan would eliminate one lane in each direction to add a center turn lane and two bike lanes.

The entire stretch will also be resurfaced and restriped.

The project has been controversial from the start, with many strongly opposing the idea of subtracting a lane of travel to add bicycle lanes between Deering Road and Peachtree Battle Avenue. Bicycle advocates have been just as strongly in favor of the project, and some have been dissatisfied that the lanes don’t extend farther north.

GDOT engineers say the two-way left turn lanes would reduce crashes that typically occur now because drivers stop and wait to turn left in the far lefthand through lanes, causing other drivers behind them to swerve into other lanes of traffic to avoid hitting them or getting stuck. GDOT’s plan for bicycle lanes was proposed to help provide a safer street environment for motorists, bikers and pedestrians. The four-foot-wide painted lanes would provide a buffer between the sidewalk and automobile traffic, according to state transportation planners.

GDOT has not said how much more time it will take to respond to all the comments. However a spokeswoman for the department said that more information about the status of the project would be made available on Friday.

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wrmatlbuck
wrmatlbuck

It truly amazes me how gut feelings on traffic design (on any design or observation for that matter) trump actual science and modeling. Do you really think the GA DOT is designing and optimizing state roads with their gut? Traffic Engineer: "I feel like this curve is too curvy for drivers..."

The redesign of Peachtree is nothing more than a paint job. Why don't we see if the GA DOT models actually predict a better and safer Peachtree? If is doesn't I will personally repaint the road myself. With my Gut!

khs11
khs11

Traffic will flow easier and more safely with this project. The intention is to reduce crashes and increase throughput, which models show will occur with the creation of the center turn lane. The bike lanes are a 'bonus', a result of the remaining right of way after the center turn lane is created. It's not about everyone vs. bikers or vice versa, it's about improvement in mobility and safety for everybody.

BoltUpright
BoltUpright

I'm surprised that I haven't seen anything on how east-west traffic will be impacted.  E/W Wesely, Peachtree Battle and Peachtree Hills are significant east-west routes that will become totally strangled.  Add in the total disregard for the law of not blocking intersections and you have a real recipe for gridlock never before seen.

independentiii
independentiii

"The proposed project is aimed at improving safety and traffic flow along Peachtree Road"

Removing a lane (of 4) will do that? 


"The four-foot-wide painted lanes would provide a buffer between the sidewalk and automobile traffic"

Uh, why not put up a barrier, if it's really needed, and keep the traffic lane?

I hope taxpayers get more of a say in this than they did in the $100+million Streetcar fiasco.