By Joe Earle

Now that the northern end of Peachtree Road has a new look, planners are turning their attention to the south.

The Buckhead Community Improvement District, one of the groups behind the project, calls it the “Peachtree Transformation.” The plan is to add granite curbing, medians, trees, bike lanes, wide sidewalks, turn lanes and to bury utility lines in order to make Peachtree a more attractive and safer place to walk or bike.

“Bicycles and beautification are a byproduct. It will be a safe and more reliable corridor first,” Buckhead CID Executive Director Jim Durrett said.

The Buckhead CID has hired planners Kimley-Horn and Associates for $460,000 to take a new look at the plans for work along a stretch of Peachtree a little more than a mile long, Durrett said.

The first two phases of the overall Peachtree project have been completed, the CID says. The work already done covers Peachtree from Maple Drive to the Buckhead CID boundary at Roxboro Road.

The new designs will cover segments of Peachtree from Maple Drive to West Shadowlawn Avenue and then from Shadowlawn to Sheridan Drive. Construction is to begin this summer on the Shadowlawn-to-Sheridan segment. Work on the Maple-to-Shadowlawn segment is scheduled to begin in 2015, the CID says on its website.

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Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.