Ralph David Abernathy Complete Street Meeting

Ralph David Abernathy Complete Street Meeting III

The third Ralph David Abernathy Complete Streets meeting took place at KIPP STRIVE Primary on September 28, 2017. Participants were presented with three recommended routes and were encouraged to provide further feedback for their preference in direction. Another meeting is anticipated in November or December 2017.

Neighbors can still provide feedback via the feedback card or email engage@atlbeltline.org.

Project History
In 2014 Westview residents made a big impact when they came out in large numbers to request improvements in the neighborhood at a series of Infrastructure Bond meetings. The City of Atlanta listened and included a number of Westview projects on the list, including making Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard a “complete street” between Cascade Avenue and Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.

What is a Complete Street?
“Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work.” (Renew Atlanta)

Repaving
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) started initial project preparations in the summer, and has started to repave and restripe Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard in September 2017. This will result in a safer Westview Village due to traffic calming measures through reduced driving lanes, added on-street parking spots, and added bicycle lanes.

Sidewalks/Streetscape
The City of Atlanta has hired the Atlanta BeltLine to facilitate the design process of creating a more pedestrian-friendly area along the road.

Ralph David Abernathy Complete Street Meeting

Ralph David Abernathy Complete Street Meeting II

The second Ralph David Abernathy Complete Streets meeting was held on June 22, 2017 at KIPP STRIVE Academy. Attendees were split into three groups to visualize and provide input on the design of Ralph David Abernathy Blvd between Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and Cascade Avenue.

Project History
In 2014 Westview residents made a big impact when they came out in large numbers to request improvements in the neighborhood at a series of Infrastructure Bond meetings. The City of Atlanta listened and included a number of Westview projects on the list, including making Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard a “complete street” between Cascade Avenue and Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.

What is a Complete Street?
“Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work.” (Renew Atlanta)

Repaving
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has undergone the design process to repave and restripe Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard. This will result in a safer Westview Village due to traffic calming measures through reduced driving lanes, added on-street parking spots, and added bicycle lanes.

Sidewalks/Streetscape
The City of Atlanta has hired the Atlanta BeltLine to facilitate the design process of creating a more pedestrian-friendly area along the road.

Shop & Dine with the Locals

Shop & Dine with Locals Returns!

The Westview Commercial District Association would like you and a neighbor to join us every 4th Friday, May-August, in our commercial district for a self guided tour of shops, eats and local artisans. Businesses in the corridor will have extended hours right along local artisans and local fresh produce from the Westview Community Garden.

This month The Urban Tastemaker will be featuring a spring Front Door Makeover, showcasing easy tips to spruce up your front door and add to your curb appeal!

For more info please contact westviewcda@gmail.com.

Abernathy Complete Streets Project

Ralph David Abernathy Complete Street Vision Meeting

In 2014 Westview residents made a big impact when they came out in large numbers to request improvements in the neighborhood at a series of Infrastructure Bond meetings. The City of Atlanta listened and included a number of Westview projects on the list, including making Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard a “complete street” between Cascade Avenue and Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.

What is a Complete Street?
“Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work.” (Renew Atlanta)

Repaving
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has undergone the design process to repave and restripe Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard. This will result in a safer Westview Village due to traffic calming measures through reduced driving lanes, added on-street parking spots, and added bicycle lanes.

Sidewalks/Streetscape
The City of Atlanta has hired the Atlanta BeltLine to facilitate the design process of creating a more pedestrian-friendly area along the road. The Atlanta BeltLine is hosting a series of meetings to allow residents to provide input to the look-and-feel of the streetscaped area. The first meeting was to create the “Vision” and was held on April 17, 2017 at KIPP STRIVE Primary School. Attendees were able to provide input on features such as benches, lighting, crosswalks, and more.

The “Concept Development” meeting will be scheduled in the summer and the “Detailed Design” meeting will be scheduled in the fall, while construction is anticipated to begin February/March 2018.

2016 Westview Summer Solstice Celebration

The Westview Community Organization hosted the 9th annual Westview Summer Solstice Celebration on Saturday, June 11, 2016. Like in 2015, the festival was held along the Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. commercial corridor in the Westview Village. The street was shut down for several hours as festival goers were able to walk down the street to enjoy the grill-off competition, vendor market, DJ music, kids crafts, and socialize with one another.

To see photos of the Westview Summer Solstice Celebration view the photo gallery below (click “continue reading”) or visit the Westview Facebook page.

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Infrastructure Bond Street Repaving

Infrastructure Bond Passes

The citizens of Atlanta went to the polls on Tuesday, March 17th, and approved the proposed Infrastructure Bond Referendum.

A total of 20,762 voters appeared at the polls to cast their vote for desperately needed infrastructure improvements around the City of Atlanta. The two-part vote included “Question 1,” which requested $134.5 million in funding towards transportation projects, and “Question 2,” which requested $44.8 million in funding towards municipal facilities. Both requests received an overwhelming number of “Yes” votes, with Question 1 being approved by 88.21% (or 18,314) of “Yes” votes, and Question 2 being approved by 85.52% (or 17,791) of “Yes” votes.

Per the city’s Frequently Asked Questions “It is estimated that the proceeds from the bonds sale will be received by July 1, 2015 for projects financing.” The projects are additionally scheduled to be completed within the next 5 years. Councilmembers have already voted to establish an oversight committee, the Renew Atlanta Infrastructure Bond Technical Advisory Committee, to ensure the projects are kept on track.

Westview fought hard to have several high-impact projects included as part of the referendum. Read our Updated Infrastructure Bond FAQ story for a list of Westview projects.

Infrastructure Bond Voting Day

2015 Proposed Infrastructure Bond Voting Day – March 17, 2015!
Please consider voting “YES” on March 17, 2015 to approve the proposed infrastructure bond. Westview projects slated for the list include:

  • Cascade Road/Avenue: The project scope may include milling and repaving, sidewalk & bus stop improvements; bicycle lanes and median/pedestrian refuge islands along Cascade Ave/Road between Delowe Road and Abernathy Boulevard. Estimate: $3,040,000
  • R. D. Abernathy Blvd: Complete Street improvements inclusive of curbing, sidewalk and pedestrian improvements from Cascade Avenue to Westview Drive. Resurfacing will be completed by GDOT (separate budget). Estimate: $1,500,000
  • Beecher Street: Resurfacing from Donnelly Avenue to Ferris Street. Estimate: $456,300
  • R. D. Abernathy/Georgia Avenue: Upgrades along major thoroughfares to optimize signal operations and communications network to ATCC. Estimate: $612,700

Proposed Infrastructure Bond 2015
Infrastructure Bond MeetingMayor Kasim Reed has made a commitment to address the city’s pressing infrastructure challenges. Today, the city faces an infrastructure backlog of more than $900 million. In order to begin improving our city’s roads, bridges, sidewalks and expand our green spaces, the city is proposing a bond infrastructure referendum to pay for these repairs and improvements. The Departments of Public Works, Planning and Community Development, in coordination with the Atlanta City Council, are seeking public input to determine priority and criteria for project selection for the bond.

What is a Bond?
Bonds are investment opportunities issued by an entity that is authorized to sell bonds to investors. After the bonds are released into the market and investors subscribe to them, the proceeds are used to finance infrastructure projects. These developments include basic facilities and other projects. The facilities may include transportation and communication systems, and public buildings.

Why do an Infrastructure Bond?
Atlanta has aging transportation infrastructure: $881M is needed to restore and/or replace existing bridges, roads, sidewalks, street lights, signals and signs to good condition.

Atlanta has aging facility infrastructure: $130.8M is needed to restore and/or replace city facilities (fire stations, police stations, recreation centers, etc.) to good condition.

The decision will rest with the voters: The City of Atlanta recommends a diversified funding plan to address the infrastructure backlog that begins with a $250M general obligation bond to be presented to the voters in March 2015.

Additional Information
http://www.atlantaga.gov/index.aspx?page=1145

Inquiries related to the Proposed Infrastructure Bond may be sent to:
City of Atlanta
Department of Public Works
Office of Transportation Capital Projects.
ATTN: Rodney Givens, P.E.,
55 Trinity Avenue, SW, Suite 4500
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 330-6739
Email: infrastructure@atlantaga.gov
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