News Briefs: Collier Road widening; Atlanta Women’s Habitat Build; Brownwood Bike Rally

As part of the ongoing tower construction project, Piedmont Atlanta Hospital has deeded almost an acre of land to the city to widen Collier Road at Peachtree Road in order to improve traffic flow. The work, coming at a cost of $3.6 million, which is being funded by Piedmont, is underway and is expected to be complete early next year. Some closures are expected during construction. Lanes on Collier Road will be closed to vehicular traffic, tentatively, from Sept. 3 to Sept. 9 and also from Oct. 25 to 31. The sidewalk on the north side of Collier (the Piedmont side) will be closed from September 2019 through January 2020. The Piedmont Atlanta Tower, which will house up to 408 beds and will have 13 new operating rooms, is scheduled to open to patients in late summer 2020.

Women can help lay the foundation for a new life and build up other women by pounding nails, painting walls, laying flooring and doing other essential work during Atlanta Habitat for Humanity’s annual Atlanta Women’s Build (AWB), one of the most popular fundraising initiatives sponsored by Atlanta’s leading affordable homebuilder. Two builds will be held this year in Southeast Atlanta: one that is underway now and continues through Oct. 19 and from Oct. 12 to Nov. 23. The builds are scheduled to take place on eight consecutive Saturdays. Women can volunteer for one day or as many as their time permits. No prior homebuilding experience is needed to participate in this exciting event. All that is required is a minimum donation of $100 from each participant; Atlanta Habitat will provide the tools, onsite instruction from skilled supervisors and lunch on each day of the build. To volunteer to build or learn about other ways to sponsor or donate to the program, visit atlantahabitat.org/awb.

Get your bikes in gear for the East Atlanta Kids Club’s 15th-annual Brownwood Bike Rally on Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Brownwood Park in East Atlanta. The event features bike races for kids and adults, a bike safety rodeo for kids, bike decorating, a health fair, food court and festival area featuring family-friendly activities. Three adult Crit-CX races (including a new women’s-only race) cover both street and grassy terrain, and are open to beginner and advanced cyclists.  Cash prizes are awarded for all adult races, and kids vie for ribbons, medals and trophies. Proceeds benefit the East Atlanta Kids Club, a nonprofit after-school tutoring, mentoring and enrichment program for promising youth. Register to race, volunteer, sponsor and learn more about the event at brownwoodbikerally.com.

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