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Key stretches of Monroe and Boulevard could become ‘Complete Streets’

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Atlanta City Council to discuss project at upcoming meeting. This could be big

A hugely important eastside artery could become Atlanta's newest "Complete Street" — a walkable, bikable, driveable route designed to alleviate traffic jams and provide access for all modes of transportation.

A meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 23 at Grady High School to discuss the Monroe/Boulevard Drive Complete Street project. According to Renew Atlanta’s website, improvements will include "milling, resurfacing, and pedestrian improvements from Piedmont Circle to 10th Street."

Other materials suggest that improvements will continue to Boulevard in the Old Fourth Ward and stretch down to Memorial Drive.

No timeline is provided, but the city states that a detailed engineering cost estimate is in progress for the Monroe Drive portion.

A flyer authored by the City of Atlanta and Renew Atlanta says several city council members and city staff will be on hand to answer questions and discuss "the future of" the stretch of road.

"Based on previous community planning studies," it continues, "the corridor will be transformed into a complete street (sic) that is safe and efficient for all users and modes of transportation."

Smart Growth America describes the National Complete Streets Coalition as a movement that aims to "integrate people and place in the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of our transportation networks."

According to its website, Renew Atlanta is an "infrastructure improvement program for the City of Atlanta. This $250 million program — the first major investment in Atlanta’s aboveground infrastructure in more than a decade — is a first step toward resolving an infrastructure repair backlog of more than $900 million."

You may recall voting for the infrastructure bond last year. More than 80 percent of voting Atlantans were in favor of it.