Monthly Capital Projects Update: April 3, 2019
Each month, we provide a construction update on our current Public Right-of-way Projects. See what's happening as we give you more to love about Midtown.
Improvements to five Peachtree Street Intersections - Midtown Alliance continues its program for construction of $1.6 Million in enhancements and repairs to pedestrian and vehicular facilities at the following five intersections:
- 14th Street and Peachtree Street - Midtown Alliance, in partnership with the City of Atlanta Renew Atlanta Bond Program, began construction of pedestrian improvements at this intersection in September 2018. This work consists of curb realignment at the northeast corner, sidewalk and granite paver repairs, reconstruction of curb ramps on all corners, installation of new pedestrian signal poles, and modifications to the traffic median east of Peachtree. As of April 2019, all work has been completed except for intersection repaving and restriping (expected to be performed by the Renew Atlanta Program in 2019), to be followed by installation of new red thermoplastic crosswalks by Midtown Alliance (specific dates will be published when available).
- 15th Street and Peachtree Street - Scope for this intersection includes full milling, repaving and restriping of the intersection; installation of red thermoplastic crosswalks; sidewalk and granite paver repairs; and replacement of all curb ramps. Construction began in October 2018 and the final improvements -- installation of red thermoplastic crosswalks and intersection striping -- are currently underway.
- Peachtree Circle and Peachtree Street - This intersection will receive ADA ramp upgrades and conversion of existing traffic signals to mast arms. Construction of concrete footings for new signal poles began in early 2019, and 2 out of 3 new poles were erected in March to receive new mast arms for signals. Work will continue in April.
- Buford-Spring Connector and Peachtree Street - Construction at this intersection began in March, including ADA upgrades and conversion of existing traffic signals to mast arms at the on/off ramp to Buford-Spring Connector.
- Deering Road and Peachtree Street - Improvements at this intersection include converting the existing traffic signals to mast arm signals and improving the intersection with red thermoplastic crosswalks, ADA ramps, fencing, lighting, and gateway landscaping. Improvements at this intersection are fully funded by the Midtown Improvement District. Initial construction efforts on the traffic signals began in late October 2018 while ADA ramp and sidewalk repairs occurred into December. Landscaping and Interstate fencing have been installed, and installation of crosswalks and remaining lighting is expected to conclude in March 2019. The traffic poles and mast arms are anticipated to be installed in April 2019 in coordination with GDOT.
Sidewalk Improvements (Annual Program) - Since November 2014, Midtown Alliance has performed about $875,000 worth of sidewalk repairs within the Midtown Improvement District. Work includes patching or replacing concrete, resetting pavers, new curb and ADA ramp upgrades, and other sidewalk repairs to help maintain and improve pedestrian mobility in Midtown. Approximately 250 repairs have been completed to-date. We continue to select locations for improvements carefully to avoid areas experiencing significant impacts from private construction sites/routes, utility contractors and other sidewalk closures. Work planned for April 2019 includes sidewalk grinding on the west side of Peachtree Street between 8th Street and Peachtree Place; granite paver repairs on all corners of the intersection of Peachtree Street and Ponce de Leon Avenue; and replacement of damaged bike racks and pedestrian bollards.
Tree Management (Annual Program) - Because we place tremendous value on Midtown's urban tree canopy, Midtown Alliance invests in an annual care regimen of planting, fertilization, pruning, and other treatments to manage over 2,500 street trees within the Midtown Improvement District right-of-way. We regularly consult with arborists to assess, prioritize, and manage our tree inventory.
- Pruning: We annually identify and prioritize corridors of street trees within the MID in need of pruning. Pruning enhances public safety and helps ensure healthy structure, growth, and long-term viability of the trees within our urban environment. Dormant season pruning was conducted in December 2018 through February 2019 on the following street trees: 93 American Elms on Peachtree and West Peachtree Streets north of Beverly Rd., on Juniper St. from North Ave. to 12th St., on 18th St., 11th St. and Crescent Ave., and on 10th St. from Williams St. to Juniper St.; and 66 Nuttall Oaks on Peachtree St. from 16th St. to the I-75/I-85 Bridge.
- Planting: Typically once or twice per year Midtown Alliance identifies diseased, dying, or missing street trees and replaces them with new, healthy, urban-tolerant trees. In January 2019, 12 new trees were sourced from nurseries and installed, along with groundcover plants and mulch.
- Fertilization: Each of the over 2,500 street trees that Midtown Alliance cares for are fertilized an average of once every three years. In February 2019 we administered annual injections of slow release macro and micro nutrients into the root zones of 709 trees totaling 6,536 caliper inches located north of and including 14th Street.
Next Up for Construction
The Last Mile Intersections project and One-Way to Two-Way Conversions of segments of 3rd Street, 4th Street, and 13th Street are being prepared to be advertised for construction bids in Spring 2019.
On the Design Boards
Click on links on the left-hand side of this page to learn more about ten more major capital projects that are in the Design phase and are projected to be under construction within one-to-five years.
Our ongoing projects help keep Midtown safe, improve accessibility, and enhance our livability. Contact us with questions or feedback on these projects and construction updates.