Midtown Alliance is conducting a study of 17th Street between the Peachtree Street intersection and Market Street intersection, including the 17th Street Bridge.
Situated in the northern part of Midtown, 17th Street is a major east/west connection between the Midtown Commercial Core, Atlantic Station, and the Upper Westside district. In addition to local traffic, 17th Street is a major link from I-75 to the Midtown core and the Arts Center MARTA station which is a key connection point for rail and bus service.
The width of 17th Street varies along the corridor but encompasses up to seven lanes in some segments. While parts of the corridor are multi modal, these options are not optimized for safety or efficiency. The existing and potential future bike lanes on 17th Street will connect to the future protected bike/LIT lanes that are planned for Spring Street, West Peachtree Street, and Howell Mill Road. These facilities, coupled with the project’s proximity to the Arts Center MARTA station and key destinations, are expected to bring more bike, pedestrian, and vehicular traffic to the 17th Street corridor and the broader project area.
The 17th Street Corridor Enhancements study will assess all existing and possible modes along the corridor, including the bus-only lanes, pedestrian accommodations, micromobility, and vehicular needs. A critical component will be creating a high-quality east/west bicycle connection in the north end of the Midtown district. The ideal corridor plan will prioritize safety and comfort for transit users, pedestrians, and micromobility users while accommodating, as best as possible, the needs of drivers.
The goals for the Project include:
Upgrading and extending the existing bicycle infrastructure to seamlessly connect to existing and future bicycle facilities and to provide a safer and more comfortable riding experience.
Optimizing and improving the transit infrastructure to encourage greater use of transit while balancing the needs of other modes along the corridor.
Improving the safety of the corridor for all users.
Creating a more attractive, inviting, and “green” corridor.
The Study will develop a preferred bike lane facility; propose design features that will enhance the safety and visibility of micromobility users and facilitate slower vehicular travel speeds; assess the needs of transit users along the corridor and implement appropriate transit infrastructure, and identify pedestrian improvements for implementation.