Decatur considers Phase V streetscape contract

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt November 28, 2014
This map shows the location of the Phase V downtown streetscape improvements. Source: City of Decatur

This map shows the location of the Phase V downtown streetscape improvements. Source: City of Decatur

Decatur’s City Commission will consider awarding an approximately $900,000 construction contract for the final phase of its downtown streetscape project.

Construction on the last two phases, IV and V, is expected to begin in 2015. City Schools of Decatur will also renovate Decatur High in 2015 to accommodate more students.

City staff recommends the commission award the Phase V contract to Norcross-based GS Construction.

“The project area includes East Trinity Place between North McDonough Street and Fire Station No. 1 and Church Street between East Trinity Place and East Howard Avenue,” Deputy City Manager Hugh Saxon wrote in the recommendation attached to Monday’s City Commission meeting agenda. “The work includes new sidewalks, street trees, streetlights, street furniture, utility relocation and milling and repaving the streets in the project area.”

The recommended construction budget is $1.6 million, $590,000 of which comes from a Georgia Department of Transportation grant. The rest comes from the city’s capital projects funds and from a $16.4 million bond issue approved in 2006. It is one of two remaining bond-funded projects. The other is the Oakhurst Streetscape improvements. Commissioners awarded a $1.4 million construction contract for that project back in October.

Phase V construction is expected to take about 12 months.

While that’s going on, the city will also be working on Phase IV, which involves improving North McDonough, which runs in front of Decatur High. That $2 million project is being funded with grant money from the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Livable Centers Initiative. It’s expected to begin in June. The city will shrink the road from four lanes to two in order to make it friendlier for bicyclists and pedestrians.

City Commissioners will consider voting on the Phase V contract on Monday, Dec. 1. The City Commission meeting starts with a work session at 7 pm. The regular meeting starts at 7:30 pm. It will be held at City Hall, located at 509 North McDonough Street. All meetings are open to the public.

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  • Chris Billingsley

    Thanks Dan. I believe the proposal requires all DHS buses and most student vehicle traffic to relocate to Commerce Drive in the back of the school. I question the wisdom of dumping so much vehicular traffic onto an already congested two lane street especially when the enrollment of the high school is expected to increase dramatically. Will the proposal have a negative effect on the businesses of North McDonough, Chick-fil-A, the Grindhouse and others which depend so much on automobile traffic? Does the proposal have broad community support or is it just another example how our government favors small but powerful special interest groups? It will be interesting to study the final proposal to see if these and other issues have been resolved.

    • Steve

      What Special Interest Groups are you thinking of? These project have been in process for several years, thanks to GDOT and other factors, so any input by any one has had more than adequate time.

      • underscorex

        It’s “they”. You know, the “they” that are secretly running everything from the college football playoff to the world finance markets to how school buses line up in Decatur.

        Or is that just what THEY want you to think?

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