State transportation officials say they need more time than they had expected to respond to the thousands of comments they received over plans to restripe Peachtree Road through Buckhead and add  bike lanes along a portion of the thoroughfare.

Department of Transportation officials received nearly 2,000 comments on the project since the comment period closed Nov. 16, DOT said in a press release. The agency had said it would respond to the comments within 30 days, but now is extending the period. No new completion date was announced.

“We are diligently documenting each comment submitted to the Department about the proposed Peachtree Road project,” Carleton Fisher, DOT project manager, said in the release. “Citizens who submitted a comment via email, mail, court reporter, or online will receive a response letter from the Georgia DOT after each comment is reviewed.”

DOT has proposed redrawing the lines on Peachtree to create a two-way left turn lane from Pharr to Deering roads and to add dedicated bike lanes from Deering Road to Peachtree Battle Avenue.

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