GDOT still plans to pave US 278 in Avondale

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 29, 2014
US 278 Avondale Estates. Source: Wikimedia Commons

US 278 Avondale Estates. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Avondale Estates thought the Georgia Department of Transportation was ready to get to work on paving U.S. 278, the city’s main thoroughfare, back in May.

The city sent out a notice to residents in April notifying them the work was about to begin, but soon had to cancel the notice when GDOT decided to postpone.

Now GDOT says it’s ready, and paving work on US 278 could begin soon.

“The contractor is installing granite curb as a part of the project on East Lake (Road),” spokesperson David Spear said. “The curb is needed to correct drainage problems in the area; it was set up in the contract, but the amount was not sufficient for the area, so more is being added to the contract … The paving will start after the completion of the curb in about five weeks.”

Shortly after the delay in May, GDOT said the drainage work would also need to be coordinated with the railroad schedule.

Spear said the US 278 work is a $1.5 million project that will resurface the road beginning at East Ponce de Leon Avenue and extending to Memorial Drive, in addition to the drainage improvements on East Lake Road. The estimated completion date is January 31, 2015.

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  • Graybeard

    Dan, looking for clarification, as E Ponce does not cross 278. Is it the intersection of Arcadia and 278 to Memorial and 278?

  • Barry

    The intersection in question is called “Ponce De Leon Ave NE” and “E Lake Dr NE,” according to the online map I use. This is in unincorporated Dekalb County, right by Deepdene Park.

  • Josh

    Graybeard US278 runs down college, then up E Lake to Ponce where ponce is both US78 & US278. I read it as they will be paving from ponce & east lake and then all the way down college through avondale.

  • Brad

    Ah, was wondering who/why the new granite curb was going in on East Lake. Usually only see that as a part of a streetscape improvement. If GDOT (or City/County) had spent the money to mill and recycle the asphalt everywhere the past 50 years they wouldn’t have had to rebuild so many curbs (or have the verges throughout ITP looking like crap.) Rebuilding granite curb costs about $45 a linear foot.

  • Patsy Neal

    The repaving should be the least concern for those in Avondale. The big concern should be implementing the streetscape, lane redesign, and pedestrian improvements that were adopted as part of the new Avondale Master Plan into this paving project. There’s no time like now! The section between Sam’s Crossing and Clarendon is the arm pit of the City, ugly and difficult to traverse as a pedestrian. The DDA and business association want residents and visitors to support businesses in the downtown, yet the City hasn’t done enough to improve walkability. If it turns out to be only a repaving project, then it’ll just make it easier and faster for people to drive right through Avondale, without supporting the businesses vying for customers.

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