Last Updated: 09/30/19

5th Street Complete Street Project

Rendering of proposed project from 5th and Williams Intersection looking east.

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. 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.

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). 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

    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. 

    Midtown Alliance hosted a second public open house on Wednesday, September 18 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m at Saint Mark United Methodist Church to share the revised design with the public. The public was invited 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.

    The Project display boards exhibited at the Open House are posted below.  Written comments concerning this project were accepted from September 18 through October 2. Comments are currently being reviewed and responded to. All comments and their responses will be posted to this project page by the end of October.

    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. Design development kicked off by soliciting public input on the existing conditions of 5th Street. Input received and the team's responses are provided here.  Following this initial public outreach phase, TSW developed conceptual designs for the corridor. A public open house was held in October 2018 to solicit feedback on these conceptual designs. Comments received are summarized here.

    As a result of the public outreach conducted in 2018, the project team revised the design for the Tech Square area between Williams Street and West Peachtree Street. Preliminary designs were submitted to the City for review and comment in October 2018 and  the revised plans were submitted in May 2019. A second public open house to share the revised design was held in September 2019, as discussed above. 

    Design development will continue through 2019 and construction is anticipated to begin in 2020.

    What’s Next?

    Design and Engineering 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