Northside Drive will soon undergo improvements to make it safer and more pedestrian friendly.

Atlanta City Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean said the project has been talked about for 12 years.

“It will be fabulous,” Adrean said. “You’re going to be able to turn left at the Collier Road intersection to get to the hospital.”

Work is to begin this summer.

According to Georgia Department of Transportation Project Manager Derrick Cameron, the project consists of $12.5 million worth of roadway and water line improvements at the I-75 and Northside Drive intersection.

The project will affect 2.4 miles of roadway.

The road will be resurfaced and the water main will be expanded.

Some aspects of the project are designed to improve the intersection of Northside Drive and Collier Road.

“The roadway portion of the project from I-75 to Collier Road includes converting the existing reversible lane to a two-way left turn lane,” Cameron said.

“In addition, a right turn lane will be installed for the northbound Northside Drive movement turning onto Collier Road eastbound. Along Northside Drive from Collier Road north, the work includes converting the reversible lane to a two-way left turn lane until it connects to the existing four lane section.”

There will also be a left-hand turn lane from Northside Drive southbound onto Collier Road eastbound, he said.

Cameron said crews will upgrade traffic signals to make them easier for pedestrians to use. There will be new sidewalks on the west and east sides of Northside Drive.

Dan Whisenhunt

Dan Whisenhunt wrote for Reporter Newspapers from 2011 - 2014. He is the founder and editor of Decaturish.com