Juniper Street Bicycle / Pedestrian Facilities Project
(14th St to Ponce de Leon Ave)
(ATLDOT Proj. No. 3001)
The Juniper Complete Street Project spans twelve blocks between 14th Street and Ponce de Leon Avenue. The project will create a high-quality bikeway and improved pedestrian facilities while also ensuring that vehicular traffic moves through at a steady (yet calmer) pace.
The project includes new wider sidewalks, street trees, pedestrian‐scaled LED lighting, trash/recycling receptacles, and a network of stormwater planters that absorb and meter rainwater (thereby reducing demand on City infrastructure). Adjacent to the western sidewalk would be a six-to-seven-foot separated bike lane protected by a wide (typically eleven-foot) raised/planted barrier at intersections. The bike lane buffer between intersections will consist of vertical landscape planters, striping, and bollards. Parallel parking within portions of the buffer would provide another layer of protection for those walking or biking.
The roadway will be repaved and will include two vehicular travel lanes (ten-to-eleven feet wide each) with additional dedicated turn lanes at key intersections with higher traffic demand. Traffic signals will also be upgraded throughout the corridor.
The project is being built on City right‐of‐way and has received approvals and permits from all necessary City departments. All required environmental approvals have been received from Federal and State agencies, including an agreement regarding treatment of the removal and preservation of historic trolley tracks (currently under the street).
Midtown Alliance is the implementation manager and is responsible for hiring and overseeing the construction contractor. Midtown Alliance procured construction bids in Fall 2022 and awarded the construction contract to the low bidder SD&C, Inc. in February 2023.
May 2023 construction start date, followed by approximately 20 months of construction, barring any complications.
Construction will start on the north end of the project limits at 14th Street and will likely build the east side first, typically one block at a time, down to Ponce de Leon; then return to 14th Street and build the west side block by block down to Ponce. Some block faces may not be constructed in sequential order due to private developments simultaneously under construction that must be accommodated.
Asphalt paving of the roadway is expected to occur toward the end of construction. Trees and landscaping will be installed as weather and planting seasons allow.
The City will sign off on the work at the end of the project.
View more information on the 10+ year history of public engagement for this project here.
2010: Midtown Alliance hires design team
2011: ARC awards $3.3M grant and MID commits $2.3M bringing total funding to approximately $5.6M
2011-2012: Traffic analysis conducted and reviewed by the City and stakeholders
2013-2014: Concepts are developed and reviewed by City and stakeholders
2015: Streetscape is refined based on new national bicycle design guidelines
2016: Inter-agency review of 50% and 90% Construction Plans
2017: Inter-agency review of 100% Construction Plans. Additional $2.6M awarded by the City and State, bringing the total project funding to approximately $8.2M. Review of additional environmental documentation by State and Federal agencies.
2018: Approval of environmental documentation by State and Federal agencies. Final revisions to 100% Construction Plans for City review and approval.
2019: Public Notice for Anticipated Impacts to Existing Historic Archeological Resource (May 28, 2019 to June 27, 2019).
2020: City issues final plan approvals.
2022: Public invitation to bid construction advertised September 8, 2022. Bids received November 3, 2022.
2023: Construction contract awarded February 6, 2023, with a construction duration of 20 months. Outreach to property contacts in and near the corridor regarding construction mitigation initiated in April.