15th Street Area Light Individual Transportation (LIT) Lane Connection Project
The lack of safe east/west routes in the northern part of Midtown for the growing number of people riding bikes, e-scooters, and other personal mobility options was identified in the Midtown Transportation Plan and the City’s Atlanta Transportation Plan. Several new north/south bike facilities are planned in this area including Spring Street, West Peachtree Street, and Piedmont Avenue and an east/west connection is critical to developing a network of safe routes for micromobility users.
In partnership with the City, Midtown Alliance has engaged a consultant team to identify the best route to provide a safe LIT (light individual transport) facility and a concept that responds to the needs of users and area stakeholders. This project will assess a micromobility connection between West Peachtree Street at 15th Street and the Piedmont Avenue at 15th Street intersection. A safe and convenient connection will provide much needed access to Piedmont Park, Ansley Park, major employment centers, cultural and institutional centers and the Arts Center MARTA Station. The project could comprise a network of streets and facilities in addition to 15th Street, such as Arts Center Way, 16th Street, Peachtree Circle. By providing a connection from the future multi-use trail at Piedmont Ave and 15th Street to the protected bicycle facilities on the 15th Street extension, commuters, residents, and visitors will be able to bypass the 14th Street corridor.
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Midtown Alliance and the City of Atlanta held a virtual update about the project on December 3, 2020 to share preliminary concepts for this east/west connection on 15th Street and answer questions. Replay from the webinar is available here:
The slide presentation from this open house is available for download here.
Conceptual and schematic designs with cost estimates
We continue to consult stakeholders to better understand challenges and opportunities for potential routes. We have also developed an “existing conditions report” and a preferred alignment. Based on stakeholder engagement, we have identified 15th Street as the preferred route. We expect project scoping to be complete in Q2 2021. Upon completion, a conceptual design will be available to advance the project to the design and engineering phase, pending identified funding. Please stay tuned for project updates. If you have general comments or questions, please contact Transportation@MidtownATL.com. For the full existing conditions report, click here.