Monthly Capital Projects Update: January 24, 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.
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, nutrition, pruning, and other treatments to manage over 2,500 street trees within the Midtown Improvement District public right-of-way. We regularly consult with arborists to assess, prioritize, and manage our tree inventory.
Planting: Midtown Alliance identifies diseased, dying, or missing street trees and replaces them with new, healthy, urban-tolerant trees once per year. During the latter half of January 2020, Midtown's contractor will plant 32 replacement trees in the right-of-way, along with groundcover plants and mulch.
Nutrition: Each of the over 2,500 street trees that Midtown Alliance cares for are fertilized an average of once every three years. In January 2020 Midtown's arborist will administer annual injections of slow release macro and micro nutrients into the root zones of 859 street trees totaling 7,952 caliper inches. The trees are located with the right-of-way north of Pine St, south of 8th St, east of Williams St, and west of Juniper St.
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 is underway on 250 trees on the following corridors: Spring St from Abercrombie Pl to Peachtree Pl; 14th St from Fowler St to Piedmont Ave; West Peachtree St from 15th St to Peachtree Rd; and the block of 16th St from Arts Center Way to Peachtree St, along with a few other prioritized trees. What else can we say, we love urban trees!
Sidewalk Improvements (Annual Program) hits $1 million milestone - Since November 2014, Midtown Alliance has performed $1 million 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 275 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. In late 2019, portions of sidewalks, curbs and driveway aprons were replaced on 13th Street between Juniper Street and Piedmont Avenue to become ADA-compliant. Construction work orders have been executed to address six more locations in early 2020.
One-way to Two-way Conversions Project is under construction - The Midtown Improvement District (MID) is providing $1.3M to convert the remaining segments of 3rd Street, 4th Street, and 13th Street from one-way to two-way traffic. Work has started on the 13th Street conversion, which includes sidewalk demolition and reconstruction, reconstruction of several driveways on the north side of the street, ADA upgrades, milling and resurfacing of the roadway, and restriping. Detours will be in place to direct pedestrians during sidewalk demolition and reconstruction. The resurfacing and operational change to two-way is expected to take place in early 2020. The permanent roadway striping will be installed after the asphalt cures. Every effort will be made to maintain access to driveways/properties. Upon completion of 13th Street, contractors will move to 4th and 3rd Streets. Expected impacts on 3rd and 4th Street include temporary lane and sidewalk closures.
$1.6M improvements to five Peachtree Street Intersections in final stage of construction - Pedestrian and vehicular enhancements were funded by $1.13M MID and $458K Renew Atlanta Council District 2 funds. Scope includes curb, sidewalk and paver repairs; replacement of ADA ramps and crosswalks; pavement milling, resurfacing and restriping; and conversion of traffic signals to mast arms where needed. The four completed intersections are:
- 14th Street and Peachtree Street (City)
- 15th Street and Peachtree Street (City)
- Peachtree Circle and Peachtree Street (GDOT)
- Buford-Spring Connector and Peachtree Street (GDOT)
Work is nearing completion at the final remaining intersection:
- Deering Road and Peachtree Street (GDOT) - Improvements at this intersection are fully funded by the Midtown Improvement District. Construction began in October 2018 and includes converting the existing traffic signals to mast arm signals and improving the intersection with new sidewalks and ADA ramps, fencing, lighting, gateway landscaping, and a new red thermoplastic crosswalk across Peachtree St. New traffic poles and mast arms have been installed, and signal work is underway in coordination with GDOT with an anticipated completion date of February 2020. All other work has been completed.
Next Up for Construction
The Last Mile Intersections project is also being prepared to be publicly advertised for construction bids in early 2020.
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.