Proposed streets provide access, improve safety, reduce
Executive Director, Evermore Community Improvement District
The Georgia Public Policy Foundation
recently reported, “Atlanta has the second-worst congestion in the
nation, behind Los Angeles. Failing to keep up with the growth in
traffic is one reason; another is a poorly functioning arterial road
network, which causes overuse of freeways for local trips and does
not allow for alternate routes around accidents and traffic jams.
Atlanta's failure to plan for growth by designing and building an
effective grid of arterial roads should be a lesson for areas around
the state that are not fully developed.” An Atlanta Journal
Constitution article titled “Make roads safe so that ‘routine’
deaths decline” referenced U.S. 78 as an example of an unsafe
suburban thoroughfare in need of improvements benefiting local,
regional, and pedestrian traffic. The Evermore CID is leading the
effort to plan and construct significant improvements benefiting all
that live, work, shop, or travel U.S. 78 in Gwinnett County.
Most know of the major investment
underway along U.S. 78 to improve safety by installing a center
median; however, Evermore is also benefitting from the planning and
design of an effective parallel street system too. Potential
projects linking the signalized intersection at Rockbridge Road with
Davis Road and Hewatt Road, crossing Parkwood Road, continuing to
Britt Road and eventually to the newly engineered intersection at
Walton Court are positive for all. Completion of these projects, as
well as the numerous others underway, will provide options for local
travel, improve safety, guarantee access, and preserve property
values for residential and business alike.
By providing a grid of parallel
streets the entire 7-mile corridor, local traffic will have choices
to access businesses, avoid congestion and/or accidents, and safely
enter and exit the corridor. The proposed parallel streets include
reduced design speeds, pedestrian access, and buffers. In addition
to providing safe access and improving mobility, the parallel
streets provide opportunities to preserve and revitalize the
business corridor. A strong, vibrant business marketplace improves
safety and strengthens residential property values.
From the CID’s founding in 2003, our
organization has modeled our projects and programs in an attempt to
avoid the life cycle experienced on the Memorial Drive corridor.
Absent safe access provided by parallel streets, business failures,
empty storefronts, and an increase in less than attractive
properties is a much greater probability. The Evermore community
must remain united in support of our work program that will
encourage investment and revitalization.
Whether a homeowner, business owner,
employee, or visitor, Evermore’s proposed parallel street projects
are positive for all.
Community Improvement District (CID) is an association of commercial
property owners along the U.S. 78 corridor from Stone Mountain to
Snellville that is reinvesting in the community to build a vibrant,
attractive future for business and resident. The Evermore CID
represents approximately 469 properties; 16,913 jobs; 1,585
businesses; $525 million in property value; $1 billion in annual
sales and we’re just getting started.