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Remainder of Ponce de Leon Ave readies for two-way traffic

Beginning next week, Ponce between Spring and Peachtree streets in south Midtown will be permanently converted to two-way traffic.

Construction on the South Midtown Pedestrian and Circulation Improvements Project is in its final phases as crews work towards completion around the end of this year.

And in less than a week, the one-way portion of Ponce de Leon Avenue between Spring and Peachtree streets will be permanently converted to two-way traffic. It currently serves one-way traffic traveling west two blocks from the Fox Theatre to where it dead ends near The Varisty.

On Monday, December 10, drivers will be able to turn left off of Spring, or right off of West Peachtree Street to travel east on Ponce de Leon towards Peachtree.

Street repaving is expected to continue through Friday on Ponce de Leon between Spring and Juniper streets, and on Peachtree between North Avenue and Ponce de Leon. In a recent Midtown Alliance news release:

While we are thrilled to be wrapping up this exciting project, we acknowledge that construction is always inconvenient. To address these issues and minimize disruption, our design and construction teams have been working closely with the City of Atlanta, the Georgia Department of Transportation, the Fox Theatre, various utility companies and nearby stakeholders to schedule this work around holidays and events. Repaving work utilizes heavy construction equipment and includes temporary lane closures.

According to Midtown Alliance, the $4 million South Midtown Pedestrian and Circulation Improvement Project is a multi-phased effort that will significantly improve the pedestrian amenities, handicap access, traffic flow, and overall circulation throughout the southern end of the Midtown district.

It includes improvements to traffic flow and pedestrian amenities at 12 key intersections along Ponce de Leon, North, and Linden avenues, streetscape improvements on Ponce de Leon between Spring and Piedmont Avenue, and revitalization of the Ponce Triangle Plaza at the intersection of Ponce de Leon and Peachtree that was opened this week.

The project’s completion marks a milestone that was preceded by a decade of planning and coordination between the Midtown Improvement District and the City of Atlanta, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and a range of Midtown stakeholders including the Fox Theatre, The Ponce Condominium, The Georgian Terrace, and Cousins Properties.

Over the last eight years, the Cityscapes Program has completed similar improvements along Peachtree, West Peachtree, Piedmont, Crescent Avenue and 14th Street.

A more detailed look at the South Midtown Pedestrian and Circulation Improvement Project includes:

1. Improvements to traffic flow and pedestrian amenities at 12 key intersections along Ponce de Leon, North, and Linden. These modifications are designed to reduce peak-hour vehicular delays and reconfigure circulation patterns in accordance with the City of Atlanta’s Connect Atlanta Plan.

2. Streetscapes on Ponce de Leon between Spring and Piedmont. Improvements include new wider sidewalks, new pedestrian lights, new roadway lighting, new street trees, new handicap ramps, new crosswalks, new parallel parking and the installation of a planted gateway median near the intersection of Juniper.

3. Revitalization of the Ponce Triangle Plaza at the intersection of Ponce de Leon and Peachtree. Made possible by removing the channelized right-turn lane onto Ponce de Leon, this signature plaza space was constructed of high-quality granite pavers and includes LED lighting and new flowering trees.

4. Streetscapes on Peachtree between Ponce de Leon and 3rd Street. Improvements include new sidewalks, street trees, pedestrian lights, roadway lighting, as well as handicap upgrades and minor overhead utility burial.

Sherri December 06, 2012 at 03:05 PM
I go this way to work every night. It's fun to turn left on red legally and make other drivers suspect you're running the light. Now I'll have to sit through it, unfortunately.
Quentin Compson December 06, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Why isn't there any mention of bike lanes being added?
Lauren December 06, 2012 at 10:18 PM
I second that about the bike accommodations. So much for complete streets.

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