The purpose of DeKalb Avenue corridor improvement is to provide a safe thoroughfare for all modes of transportation, including pedestrians, cyclists, vehicular traffic, buses and rail. The project length is about 4.0 miles.
DeKalb Avenue is a major East-West corridor linking the City of Atlanta and the City of Decatur. The boarders of the project measure from Peachtree Streetto the Atlanta City limits. This corridor serves numerous adjoining residential neighborhoods from Downtown Atlanta to Kirkwood. Along this section of DeKalb Avenue there are six MARTA rail stations: Five Points, Georgia State, King Memorial, Inman Park-Reynoldstown, Edgewood Candler Park and Eastlake. This corridor serves numerous destinations such as Georgia State University, Lake Claire Pool, Krog Street Market, Candler Park, Little Five Points, Grady Hospital and Historic Oakland Cemetery and several retail and entertainment areas.
Designated as a major arterial route that parallels I-20, traffic volumes range from 14,000 to 21,000 vehicles per day. Sidewalks are present on most of the corridor. Bicycle lanes are located on the western segment of the corridor from Jesse Hill Jr. Drive to Jackson Street. There are also parallel bicycle lanes on Edgewood Avenue.
Engineering Design Technologies, Inc. (EDT) provided concept plan, preliminary and final design of roadway improvements to include roadway resurfacing, roadway intersection improvements, pavement markings and roadway signage for this project. The project also called for the addition of ADA compliant sidewalk infrastructure and the addition of required drainage structure. Accommodations were made in the plans to avoid any conflicts with existing utilities and to minimize any the required easement.