CONSTRUCTION ALERT: Impending Start of the Cherokee Avenue Resurfacing and Bike Lane Installation Project

The resurfacing and roadway reconfiguration project will include:

  • Resurfacing of Cherokee Avenue SE from Memorial Drive SE to Mead Street SE
  • Bike lane installation from Woodward Avenue SE to Atlanta Ave SE
  • Removal of on-street parking on Cherokee Avenue SE along Grant Park; on-street parking will be preserved along the residential side (west side) of Cherokee Avenue between Atlanta Avenue SE and Sydney Street SE
  • Removal of on-street parking on the west side of Cherokee Avenue SE between the I-20 bridge and Woodward Avenue SE; on-street parking will be preserved along the east side of Cherokee Avenue SE between I-20 and Woodward Avenue

Solid waste Labor Day week schedule changes

The Department of Public Works Office of Solid Waste Services will be closed in observance of Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2020. Due to the holiday, solid waste, recycling and yard trimmings collections will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week. The regular collection schedule resumes Monday, September 14, 2020. Additional details at: https://bit.ly/3hZj7Ht

MARTA INVESTS IN BUS SAFETY FEATURES, RESUMES FRONT DOOR BOARDING, ONBOARD FARE COLLECTION

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) has invested approximately $250,000 in bus safety features to further protect the health of employees and customers and allow for the resumption of front door boarding and onboard fare collection beginning Monday, September 7.

MARTA has outfitted its entire fleet of 539 buses with polycarbonate shields around bus operator cabs, antimicrobial air filters that clean the air onboard, and mask dispensers.

“At the onset of this health crisis, MARTA implemented operational adjustments such as rear door boarding to limit contact between operators and customers. Our most recent safety measures, installing bus operator shields and air filters, allow us to return to front door boarding and onboard fare collection,” said MARTA General Manager and CEO Jeffrey Parker. “We are grateful to our customers for continuing to mask up and social distance, and we remain committed to making MARTA a clean, safe place for everyone who relies on essential transit service.”

Every MARTA bus now has antimicrobial air filters that remove viruses and other airborne pathogens from the circulated air onboard and a tissue-like mask dispenser mounted near the front door. For additional customer convenience, MARTA Transit Ambassadors continue to distribute masks at rail stations and bus bays throughout the system. To date, MARTA has handed out 459,000 masks.

To assist with the boarding process, customers should have fare ready and enter the bus through the front doors and exit through the rear doors. Customers requiring the accessibility ramp should continue entering and exiting through the front door. Beginning Monday, September 7, all bus customers must have fare and wear a mask in order to ride MARTA.

Department of Public Works Update – Yard Trimmings

Back at the end of July we received the below urgent update with respect to the temporary stoppage of yard trimming collections. Due to seeing some pick-ups recently but not receiving a follow up statement, NPU-W contacted the city for clarification.

Response from City, “Since then, we have been advised that they are continuing to collect yard trimmings and we are able to create missed collection requests. Please let us know if you need one made.”

NPU W Monthly Project Dashboard Report

Below is the latest NPU W Project Dashboard report with the best available information on ATLDOT projects within your boundaries.

In addition, here’s a quick status update on projects in design and construction:

Atlanta Ave (TCC): Final utility design expected from Georgia Power Company this summer. Overall design is on hold until funding source is confirmed.

Boulevard (TCC): Final utility design expected from Georgia Power Company this summer. Overall design is on hold until funding source is confirmed.

Glenwood Rd (TCC): Final utility design expected from Georgia Power Company this summer. Overall design is on hold until funding source is confirmed.

R.D. Abernathy/Georgia Ave (TCC): Final utility design expected from Georgia Power Company this summer. Overall design is on hold until funding source is confirmed.

Monroe/Boulevard (TCC): This corridor is included in a package of citywide signal upgrades. The project manager is evaluating alternative routes to expedite procurement.

Glenwood LCI Match (Realignment at Moreland): Construction is underway.

Ayr St Roadway Construction: This project is being bid as a part of the Unpaved Roadways Phase I package originally bid at the end of December 2019. New bid documents have been resubmitted to the Office of Procurement.

Braeburn Roadway Construction: This project is being bid as a part of the Unpaved Roadways Phase I package originally bid at the end of December 2019. New bid documents have been resubmitted to the Office of Procurement.

Neighborhood Sidewalk & ADA Improvements: Original scope is complete; however additional work been added to the contract that will be completed this summer.

Right of Way Acquisition and Install Lighting (Atlanta Beltine) : 67.5% of total funding allotment has been paid; annual payments will continue until funding commitment is complete.

Downtown Special Events ITS: Most work completed on this citywide contract; will cover signal tech and traffic engineering work needed for Dekalb Ave Safety Improvements.

Signal Optimization and Detection Phase I : Most work completed on this citywide contract; will cover signal tech and traffic engineering work needed for Dekalb Ave Safety Improvements.

Smart Signal Systems Phase I: Most work completed on this citywide contract; will cover signal tech and traffic engineering work needed for Dekalb Ave Safety Improvements.

Please feel free to submit any questions regarding the projects listed in the monthly report to ATLDOT@atlantaga.gov.

Atlanta City Council Recent Legislation Adoption

The Atlanta City Council adopted legislation Monday to add the Atlanta Citizen Review Board as a charter-mandated board (Legislative Reference No. 20-O-1477). The board was created in 2007 to provide citizen oversight of misconduct accusations against sworn members of the City’s police and corrections departments.

The Council also approved legislation specifying that any allocation of maintenance dollars from the Tree Trust Fund must be used only for initial, short-term maintenance costs such as cleanup, removal of invasive species, security fencing, and staff or contractors to administer such services (Legislative Reference No. 20-O-1337).

Other items adopted Monday include:

• An ordinance authorizing negotiations with the Conservation Fund to purchase property located at 640 Hutchens Road SE for the purpose of providing approximately 0.99 acres in additional park space within southeast Atlanta (Legislative Reference No. 20-O-1503).

• An ordinance to renew a contract with Quest Community Development Organization Inc. for 12 affordable multi-family housing units for low-income residents in Vine City (Legislative Reference 20-O-1532).

• An ordinance to allow alcohol license applicants to request an additional 126 days to resubmit applications that are expired as a result of waiting for final building and fire inspections (Legislative Reference No. 20-O-1526). Due to COVID-19, the City’s ability to conduct building and fire inspections between March 13-July 17 was restricted. Qualified applicants include those whose applications have already completed the NPU and License Review Board process.

• An ordinance authorizing donations totaling $18,501 from Council members’ contingency funds to Helping Empower Youth (HEY!) Inc. to support efforts aimed at improving opportunities for youth (Legislative Reference No. 20-O-1533). HEY! is a youth leadership development organization working to provide training and tutoring to metro Atlanta youth selling water on interstate ramps.

• A resolution executing an Airline Rates and Charges Accommodation Program Agreement to help airlines at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport mitigate the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic (Legislative Reference No. 20-R-4199).

• A resolution authorizing an intergovernmental agreement with MARTA to implement the More MARTA Atlanta Expansion Program (Legislative Reference No. 20-R-4194).

• A resolution authorizing a contract with IKE Smart City LLC for the installation and maintenance of interactive digital kiosks on behalf of AIM to improve the pedestrian experience of residents and visitors to the city (Legislative Reference No. 20-R-4206).

• A resolution authorizing the mayor’s Office of Resilience to accept technical services offered by the Natural Resources Defense Council Inc. for up to $59,000 to increase food waste diversion from landfills through the recovery of food surpluses to feed people and by increased diversion of inedible food scraps to create compost (Legislative Reference No. 20-R-4192). Several items were also introduced to be considered in committee next week, including:

• An ordinance to establish the “Building the Beloved Community” Housing Affordability Initiative and to request the issuance of taxable revenue bonds in an amount not to exceed $100 million for the financing of certain eligible single family and multi-family housing units.

• A resolution directing the Office of Innovation Delivery and Performance to work with the Atlanta Department of Transportation to prepare a multi-year payment plan to holistically and responsibly pay down the City’s sidewalk repair backlog and to fund new construction.