City to hold open house Feb. 27 on proposed changes to DeKalb Avenue

A rendering of a redesigned DeKalb Avenue at Moreland Avenue shows a center turn lane, multi-use trail and on-street parking. (Courtesy ABC)

The Atlanta Department of Transportation will hold a Complete Street Open House on Feb. 27  for residents and stakeholders to learn more about proposed changes to DeKalb Avenue. The event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the MLK Jr. Natatorium, 110 Hilliard St.

Residents and business owners, as well as pedestrian and bike safety advocates – including the Atlanta Bicyle Coalition – have been calling for changes on the thoroughfare that connects Downtown to Decatur for years.

DeKalb Avenue has been on the city’s Complete Street list – an initiative to improve infrastructure, encourage cycling, walking, and use of public transit – since the Renew Atlanta local option sales tax was approved by voters in 2016.

DeKalb Avenue is infamously known for its reversible center lane, crumbling pavement and potholes. The DOT has said the reversible lane will be removed in the upgrade.

The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is advocating for a buffer between the busy roadway to protect pedestrians, bike and scooter riders.

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