Major Ongoing PiHi Concerns

  • 10 Nov 2022 1:16 PM | Anonymous

    IMPORTANT UPDATE ABOUT THE NEXT ROUNDABOUT FROM GDOT IN PIHI

    GDOT is collecting feedback for their NEXT proposed roundabout, planned just up the road from the one they just completed. This one would on Monroe Drive across from Fire Station 29, between Cirque Daiquiri Bar and the new apartments being built by Fairfield Residential (at the former Intown Suites property).

    Their proposed plan would close the entire exit for 10 months! UNACCEPTABLE!

    While the other roundabout was hugely disruptive, especially at the beginning of the project, at least the exit was OPEN. Having the other exit closed for 10 months would be devastating for both residents and businesses in the area. Not to mention our FIRE STATION.

    VOICE YOUR CONCERNS WITH GDOT ONLINE

    Here is some suggested wording you can copy and paste:

    Conditional Support

    General Comments:

    Not opposed to the roundabout in general.

    I am opposed to the 10-month, 5-mile detour that will cripple local businesses, adversely impact residents and the efficiency of Fire Station 29, and make the work of the mail carriers who have offices in the USPS Midtown Carrier Annex Post Office at 415 Plasters Ave NE Ste 100, Atlanta, GA 30324 impossibly difficult.

    I request GDOT return the project to the concept phase and invite all businesses, property owners, and residents within the 2-mile radius to assist in alternate detour and exit closure impact.

    I request GDOT engage more inclusive communication tools with impacted stakeholders. It appears that GDOT has not sought to involve the public until very recently with a postcard, after it approved the project concept (on 4/7/2020) and preliminary design (on 2/2/2022). Postcards are inadequate for a project as significant as this.

    I request GDOT engage the Piedmont Heights Business Alliance and the Piedmont Heights Civic Association in assisting with a Public Hearing Open House (PHOH) to engage impacted stakeholders.

    This exit will impact 1,000s of residents and 1,000s of small businesses who have been hit three times in the last year: 1) Cheshire Bridge taking 1.2 years to rebuild 2) Atlanta Gas Light Project going up and down Piedmont Road 3) Monroe/Armour Drive Roundabout Construction that happened all within a year and a half in the area, we would like to come up with an alternative to the proposed plans. Many of the businesses are trying to recover from the 30-60% loss in business caused by these transportation projects. And needless to say, this is on top of the recovery efforts of COVID-19.


    What PHCA and PiHi Alliance are doing on your behalf:

    1. PHCA and PiHi Alliance are seeking support from the Ansley Park Civic Association, Morningside-Lenox Park Association, Woodland Hills Neighborhood Association, Linbergh Lavista Corridor Coalition, Livable Buckhead, and Lindridge Martin Manor Neighborhood Association to write a collective letter to GDOT expressing their objection to this project timeline.

    2. PHCA and PiHi Alliance are contacting our state and city representatives to gain support for our objection.

    3. And more!

    • Reached out to our state Representative Evans, who will be attending the Annual Neighborhood Meeting. She supports our efforts regarding this roundabout.

    • Reaching out to all the businesses that will be affected by this current plan and trying to plan ways to get parking for construction workers that will not affect the flow of traffic during construction.

    • Asking Councilmember Wan to coordinate the city streets to be paved in these areas at the same time to alleviate additional traffic disruptions.

    • Reaching out to the Atlanta Fire Chief on what GDOT has planned for their fire station right where the traffic island will be built.

    • Compiling recommendations to provide GDOT.

    What YOU can do:

    1. MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD! The comment period for this project is open until November 11, 2022. All organizations agree the comment period is unacceptable and will require additional time to properly recommend alternatives to this proposed plan. Let GDOT know how you feel and how you will be impacted by their proposed plan.

    2. Learn more about the proposed project. Visit their website here. Review their presentation (PDF) of the proposed project.

    GIVE YOUR FEEDBACK TO GDOT!


    By the way, if this kind of proposal gets you fired up, consider joining the PHCA Board of Directors or our Planning Committee. We can use extra help staying on top of these types of projects with the city and state! Contact PHCA VP Cole Patton for more info.

    Cole Patton

    PHCA Vice President

    314-707-9041

    VicePresident@piedmontheights.org


    Info about the GDOT Roundabout at Monroe Dr. & Armour Dr.


  • 01 Nov 2022 1:32 PM | Anonymous

    Fairfield Residential apartments (former InTown Suites): Right now, they expect to start opening in mid/late 2024 and likely to complete sometime early/mid 2025. 


  • 31 Oct 2022 1:18 PM | Anonymous
    In August 2021, Cheshire Bridge was compromised after a fire. 

    During this time, thanks to all the neighbors who helped support the many businesses that are OPEN on both sides of the bridge (including in the Manchester district), including PHCA loyal supporters Nakato Japanese RestaurantTaqueria del Sol, Atlanta School of PhotographyThe Buttery ATLDaily ChewCostumes EtcClub Diogi Dog DaycareJohnny's Pizza, and more. 

    ATLDOT Cheshire Bridge Update – October 31, 2022 (PDF)

    Cheshire Bridge IS NOW OPEN! One lane in each direction, plus one sidewalk.

    The "soft reopening" occurred on Monday, October 31, 2022 – what a treat for Halloween for all the businesses and residents who have endured this ordeal for so long!

    Special guests spoke at the short ceremony, including Mayor Dickens, Councilmember Wan, and Atlanta DOT Commissioner Marsha Anderson Bomar. The full completion is currently anticipated for February 2023.

    Please be patient with fellow drivers as everyone adjusts to the new traffic flow during the remainder of construction.

    Of course, tons of news stations were there; check out the coverage below.






    SEE MORE PICTURES

    Update from October 2022

    One lane in each direction will open to traffic after a soft opening ceremony with the City of Atlanta on Monday, October 31, at noon.

    Once the entire bridge is completed (by the end of this year), a bigger ribbon cutting ceremony will be held in early 2023!

    ATL DOT Cheshire Bridge Update – September 23, 2022

    Update from Councilmember Wan's email newsletter on 9/14/22: The rebuild of Cheshire Bridge will include bike lanes! The contractor is on track to have one lane open in each direction by the October 31 milestone. The remaining two lanes will follow quickly as the foundations/piers will already be in place. And additional funding is included in the infrastructure bond approved by voters earlier this year to repave the entire stretch of Cheshire Bridge Road. Timing TBD on this part.

    ATL DOT Cheshire Bridge Update – September 9, 2022

    ATL DOT Cheshire Bridge Update – August 11, 2022

    ATL DOT Cheshire Bridge Update - June 10, 2022 (From Councilmember Wan's email newsletter:

    Cheshire Bridge construction is now underway with a projected completion date of Halloween 2022. The city has contracted with C.W. Matthews for the design-build work, and the contract includes financial incentives to the contractor for early completion. They will prioritize getting the travel lanes open first as soon as they are ready, and they will continue the other project work afterward to get traffic relief as quickly as possible.

    ATL DOT Cheshire Bridge Update – July 8, 2022

    Drone Video Footage of Cheshire Bridge - July 2022

    ATL DOT Cheshire Bridge Update - May 5, 2022

    ATL DOT Cheshire Bridge Update - February 16, 2022

    ATL DOT Cheshire Bridge Update - January 27, 2022

    ATL DOT Cheshire Bridge Update - December 2, 2021

    ATL DOT Cheshire Bridge Update - November 4, 2021

    ATL DOT Cheshire Bridge Update - October 6, 2021

    ATL DOT Cheshire Bridge Update - September 22, 2021

    ATL DOT Cheshire Bridge Update - September 8, 2021

    ATL DOT Cheshire Bridge Update - August 30, 2021

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