5th Street Complete Street

Project Category: All Projects Complete Streets

Updated 12/1/2021

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 between Williams Street and Myrtle Street (roughly 0.6 miles) include:

  • Upgrade existing bike lanes and signage.
  • Replacement of damaged sidewalks and curbing.
  • Additional/upgraded ADA ramps and crosswalks at intersections.
  • Add a mid-block crossing within Technology Square.
  • Complete pedestrian lighting for safety.
  • Infill street trees.
  • New traffic signal at Williams Street.
  • Milling, repaving, and restriping of roadway.

Project Funding

  • $1.5M in City of Atlanta TSPLOST funds for Construction
  • $750,000 in GTIB state grant funds for Construction
  • $750,000 in Midtown Improvement District funds
  • Total funding: $3.03M

Progress To Date

Midtown Alliance, with its design team led by TSW, and in partnership with the City of Atlanta Department of Transportation TSPLOST Program, began the Design and Engineering phase of the 5th Street Complete Street project in 2018.  Work continued in 2019, 2020 and 2021 to accomplish the following activities:

  • Existing conditions survey and analysis
  • City and stakeholder coordination
  • Conceptual & schematic design
  • Cost estimating
  • Right-of-way activities
  • Development of construction documents
  • City design approvals/permitting

What's Next?

City approval of final construction documents was received in Q3 2021. The project will be advertised publicly for construction bids. Following a public bid process, construction is projected for 2022 through 2023.

Please stay tuned for project updates! If you have general comments or questions, please contact transportation@midtownatl.com.

For additional information on City of Atlanta Department of Transportation projects such as this one, please visit their website or click the graphic below.


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