The Georgia Department of Transportation recently unveiled draft proposals for Peachtree Road between North Druid Hills Road and Ashford-Dunwoody Road in Brookhaven that includes narrowing street lanes, a multi-use trail and a raised median as part of a vision to create a boulevard feel to this stretch of the busy corridor.

The proposed project begins at North Druids Hills, far left. The green represents a raised median, the yellow path to the west represents a 10-foot-wide mult-use path. Below is a cross section of what is proposed. A view of the entire project is at the bottom of the page. (City of Brookhaven)

An open house hosted by the city and AECOM, the firm hired by the city last year for the project, was held Sept. 14 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at City Hall.

The proposed plan stems from the Brookhaven-Peachtree Livable Centers Initiative designed more than a decade ago through the Atlanta Regional Commission as a way to boost commercial development as well as provide pedestrian safety along this 1.38 mile stretch.

The proposals include keeping the same number of lanes but narrowing them from 12 feet wide to 10.5 feet, constructing a 10-foot wide multi-use sidewalk/bicycle track on the east side of the road along the MARTA wall, and replacing the center turn lane with a raised median, said Will Sheehan, project manager for AECOM.

The raised median would force motorists leaving the many businesses on the west side of the road from darting into the flush center turn lane in the center of the road, a practice that is not safe or efficient, he said.

“The idea is to funnel left turns to traffic signals,” he said.

Planned improvements will make also make it easier for pedestrians to access the DeKalb Services Center, Oglethorpe University and the Brookhaven-Oglethorpe MARTA station and to bus stops along this section of Peachtree Road, according to city officials.

“The project will improve connectivity of transportation infrastructure to the surrounding areas including … the Town Brookhaven mixed-use development,” according to a project description from the city. “This project will encourage and promote future redevelopment projects within the area as more residents and citizens will find it attractive and convenient while businesses will view the area as prime and lucrative.”

Other improvements proposed include landscaping strips, decorative brick paver strips, benches, trash receptacles, bus shelters and pedestrian/street lighting.

Several retaining walls are also being proposed to separate commercial property from private property. Proposed right-of-way amounts have not yet been determined because the project is early in the process.

Sheehan said the earliest the project could go to bid would be November 2020. Construction is currently estimated to cost $5.5 million with acquisition of right-of-way estimated to cost $3.7 million.

“Nothing is set in stone,” he said. “These are very early estimates.”

To view the materials from the open house, click here.

Public comments are being accepted by the city of Brookhaven and GDOT through Sept. 28. Comments can be made to Hari Karikaran, City of Brookhaven City Hall, Public Works Department, 4362 Peachtree Road, Brookhaven, GA 30319.

Residents can also make public comments by visiting www.dot.ga.gov/PS/Public/PublicOutreach, then finding the menu at the bottom of the cover page. From the menu, select DeKalb County and click “Go.” Then select “SR 141 (Peachtree Road) Pedestrian Improvements” and lastly click “comment” and follow the instructions to leave a comment.

6 replies on “GDOT proposes major changes to Peachtree Road in Brookhaven”

  1. This is a good start to begin dialogue with the citizens to review and ensure the scope is in order with our needs and desires. I have done a detailed review and submitted it to the COB and GDOT. Some of the main issues to be explored are the need for double left turn lanes for southbound P’tree at NDHR and Dresden Dr to address heavy left turning movements, the need to offset the raised median from the adjacent traffic lanes (a shy distance is needed to keep vehicles from hitting the curb..as designed they may as well paint the curb black), the double right turn lanes for WB Dresden Dr approaching P’tree and the associated laneage on Dresden and NDH based on my comments. I would hope the COB would engage the citizens in reviewing this plan and making further improvements.

  2. Joe, As a daily bike commuter I don’t understand the desire to put this 10′ wide strip up against the Marta train wall. Meanwhile across the street against the park we have a chain link fence where we could easily create a wider trailway there that weaves into the park and creates a nice atmosphere for walking and pedestrian interaction. With the baking Sun and blaring noise you won’t be able to talk on a cell phone, scary cars whizzing bye…this new stretch of important realestate will Be underutilized. Because of your background I’m sure you’re scrutinizing the lane aspects of This plan , And I really value your opinion. but this trail side is a complete waste in my mind relative to this spend that could be used elsewhere. I sometimes wonder if GDOT as well as city officials ever ask people who bike and walk. The spend on this will be hundreds of thousands of dollars Meanwhile the Briarwood in N Driud Hills intersection doesn’t even have a cross walk ( Highest pedestrian count intersection in the entire city without a cross walk). This could be done for a few $1000 of paint. Our tax dollars need to be applied to the highest impact to cost ratios. The dual left turn lanes heading southbound are really needed as you pointed out in the Martha citizens review board meetings.

    1. After further review I see how far to the North this goes. I suppose some long range bikers will utilize that but still a little shaky in my mind relative to the cost. I’d like to say I support all bike infrastructure but there’s just too many other places that this money could be applied with more Impact

  3. Giles, I believe the issue is available property, and conflicts the cyclists would have with the driveways on the west side. While additional land could be purchased on the west side to implement parts of a bike/shared path, there are a few locations where additional r/w to build that alternate may not be available or feasible due to physical conflicts with existing development, particularly existing new developments. There will be a sidewalk on the west side also. The east side is sort of like a no-mans land with limited use available.

    I have not seen any advertisement to include the citizenry in the development of this plan. That is a disappointment since COB prides itself on its “transparency”. Perhaps the overlay committee was consulted since some of their focus is in the project area.

    Good to hear from you. Perhaps a small committee could be formed by the COB to flush out comments, alternatives, costs, and to recommend a preferred alternative.

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