Working with city and regional partners, Midtown Alliance advanced all kinds of public improvement projects last year that add to the district’s profile as a walkable, vibrant, verdant place.

 

15 miles of streetscape enhancements delivered since 200

With the completion of major streetscape enhancements on Peachtree Street, south of North Avenue (the “SONO” area), the Midtown Improvement District has delivered 15 linear miles of streetscapes since 2001. Throughout the district, Midtown’s signature brand of streetscape elements incorporates wide sidewalks, tree canopy, lighting, benches, bike racks, seasonal plantings, waste and recycling bins and other enhancements.

$7M of projects delivered in 2016

New streetscapes on Peachtree Street in the SONO area

Expansion of the 10th Street temporary park
 

Enhancements to the north and south Peachtree Street bridges

upgrades to Crescent Avenue curbs and sidewalks

Sidewalk repairs throughout the district

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Conversion of 7th Street to two-way traffic

 

New crossing signal changes pedestrian experience outside Emory University Hospital Midtown

The City of Atlanta’s Renew Atlanta bond program created an important link for people walking on Peachtree Street in the medical district in 2016 with the installation of a new mid-block, pedestrian-activated crossing signal located outside one of Atlanta’s largest medical facilities

 

On Deck:

Peachtree Street north bridge Phase II brings landmark arches to Midtown

The second phase of the Peachtree Street bridge enhancements at the north end of the district will introduce 30-foot tall arches spanning the bridge. Work is currently underway to fabricate the arches and calibrate for fitting before they are moved to the construction site this spring.

Juniper Street Transformation

Midtown Alliance expects to break ground this year on its longest and most ambitious streetscape project yet. Spanning twelve blocks between 14th Street and Ponce de Leon Avenue, the Juniper Street Transformation Project will reshape the way people navigate this corridor, creating a new, high quality bikeway and pedestrian amenities while ensuring that vehicular traffic moves through at a steady pace.

Midtown Alliance has been working on this project with the City of Atlanta since 2010. As a major design and construction effort located almost entirely within City right-of-way, the project is highly complex, involving public agencies, design and constructability challenges, and unique funding streams. The total investment is approximately $5.6M, with the commitment shared between a $3.4M Atlanta Regional Commission "Livable Centers Initiative" grant and $2.2M contributed by the Midtown Improvement District.

Project Highlights:

  • The roadway will include two vehicular travel lanes with additional dedicated turn lanes at key intersections with higher traffic demand.  

  • Adjacent to sidewalks will be a six-foot buffered bike lane protected by a raised/planted barrier. On-street parking within portions of the buffer will provide another layer of protection for those walking or biking.  

  • Plans call for new wider sidewalks, street trees, pedestrian-scaled lighting, trash/recycling receptacles, and a network of stormwater planters that allow rainwater to infiltrate naturally, rather than overwhelming the City's storm sewers.

 
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Public improvement projects that will advance to various stages of design, planning and engineering or construction in 2017, representing more than $9M of investment.

 
 

Projects headed for construction in 2017:

 
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Projects in design/planning for 2017:

 
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Planning projects (mid- to near-term):

 
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