Last updated: 6/4/19

5th Street Complete Street Project

Existing Conditions 

Project Overview

As a key east-west corridor connecting Georgia Tech, the Midtown Improvement District, and the Midtown Garden District, 5th Street is one of the most popular multi-modal streets in Atlanta. Despite its many users, the existing street and sidewalk conditions on this major connector vary in quality and character affecting user safety and experience. Current and anticipated future development along the corridor is expected to increase activity of all user groups, necessitating vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle improvements consistent with streetscape environments currently found throughout much of the Midtown Improvement District.

Midtown Alliance, with the City of Atlanta’s TSPLOST Program, has started the Design & Engineering phase of the 5th Street Complete Street project between Williams and Myrtle Streets (roughly 0.6 miles). Proposed enhancements to the 5th Street corridor include:

  • Replacement of damaged sidewalks and curbing.
  • Additional/upgraded ADA ramps and crosswalks at all intersections.
  • Complete pedestrian lighting for safety.
  • Infill street trees and furniture.
  • Milling, repaving, and restriping of roadway.
  • Upgrade existing bike lanes and signage.

Get Involved

In October 2018, Midtown Alliance, in partnership with the City of Atlanta, shared the concept design of the 5th Street Complete Street project with the public and solicited feedback. The project team received input from key project stakeholders that the project would be improved by retaining on-street parking and providing more substantial mid-block crossings in the Tech Square area while still achieving safety benefits for pedestrians, cyclists, and scooter riders. The team responded by revising the concept design with a protected two-way cycle track, which preserves more parking spaces, and adding elevation to the previously proposed mid-block crossings in the blocks between Williams Street and West Peachtree Street. 

Before the project progresses, Midtown Alliance is hosting a public open house on Wednesday, September 18 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m to share the revised design with the public. We invite you to attend the open house to view and discuss the design changes with the project team, and provide comments on the revised design before it progresses to the final stage of design.

 

Event Details

Event: 5th Street Complete Street Project Public Information Open House (PIOH)
Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Saint Mark United Methodist Church, 781 Peachtree Street (on-site signage will be provided)

 

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Materials from the open house will also be posted on this webpage after the event. Written statements concerning this project will be accepted until October 2, 2019. Written statements may be submitted via email to Transportation@MidtownATL.com

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information: 
The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Accommodations for people with disabilities can be arranged with advance notice by calling the Midtown Alliance at (404) 892-0050.

 

Project Funding

  • $750,000 in Midtown Improvement District funds
  • $1.5 M in City of Atlanta TSPLOST funds for Construction

Progress To Date

Midtown Alliance solicited proposals for design and engineering services in early 2018. TSW was hired as the lead consultant for the project and its team began work in April 2018. Community engagement and design is currently underway. A public open house was held in October 2018 to solicit feedback on conceptual designs. Preliminary designs were submitted to the City for review and comment in October 2018 and May 2019. Design development will continue through 2019 and construction is anticipated to begin in 2020.

Design/Engineering

The Design and Engineering phase, will include:

  • City and stakeholder coordination
  • Existing conditions analysis
  • Conceptual & schematic design
  • Development of construction documents
  • Construction bid and award

Public Engagement

Midtown Alliance hosted a public open house on October 23, 2018 at the Saint Mark United Methodist Church. Midtown Alliance and the project design team shared conceptual designs for the 5th Street corridor and solicited feedback from attendees on the proposed designs. Comments received are summarized here. As a result of stakeholder outreach, the project has a revised design for the Tech Square area between Williams Street and West Peachtree Street. A second public open house to share the revised design is being scheduled for September 2019. More details about the event will be posted here in the coming weeks.

In spring 2018, Midtown Alliance also solicited public input on the existing conditions of 5th Street via the below online interactive map. By clicking the project map below, you can view feedback in an interactive project area map. Detailed responses to comments and questions are provided here.

What’s Next?

Design and Engineering began in spring 2018 and will continue through 2019 with construction projected to commence in 2020. Please stay tuned for project updates! If you have general comments or questions, please contact transportation@midtownatl.com.