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The City, on an annual basis, assesses the condition of City maintained streets and proposes a Paving Project for the Fiscal Year. Public Works is working on pavement evaluation and condition assessment of segments of roadway to measure roughness, crack and failure condition.

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South Lee Street Streetscape and Pedestrian Facilities Improvements

South Lee Street Streetscape and Pedestrian Facilities Improvements (Buford Hwy to W Moreno St)

Funded Partially through the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Livable Centers Initiative Program.

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Project Analysis: South Lee Street is a highly utilized vehicular corridor in the center of Buford, serving to connect Buford Highway with the City’s revitalized historic business district and also functioning as a minor arterial connection between SR20 and Main Street.  Current pedestrian facilities are inconsistent along both sides of the road and, where they exist, tend to be narrow and suffer from non-ADA compliance.  This is due in part to the fact that the South Lee Street corridor has been purposed into the primary commercial corridor entering the downtown area, with wide curb cuts and other vehicular amenities, and less attention has been given to more balanced travel alternatives.  Presently, pedestrian circulation is limited throughout much of the corridor to the eastern side of South Lee Street, with approximately 0.4 mile having no formally constructed pedestrian facilities.  Where they exist, sidewalk pavement materials are constructed of concrete, with a small section of brick banding along both sides of the road between Main Street and West Moreno Street.  Sidewalk widths are narrow at 4’, with little to no buffer zone between pedestrians and vehicular circulation.  When constructed, the South Lee Street Pedestrian Facilities Improvement Project will represent a vital extension of the downtown pedestrian network by providing a link between Buford’s historic neighborhoods and commercial uses along Buford Highway.  The project will also promote alternative modes of transportation by providing bicycle facilities and continuous sidewalks throughout the corridor. The project is partially funded through a grant with the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Livable Centers Initiative Program. The Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) is a program that awards planning grants on a competitive basis to local governments and nonprofit organizations to prepare and implement plans for the enhancement of existing centers and corridors consistent with regional development policies and also provides transportation infrastructure funding for projects identified in the LCI plans.

Description of the proposed project: The project will construct new or expanded sidewalks for approximately 0.9 miles along both sides of the corridor using a combination of brick and concrete. In addition, these improvements would include planting street trees and shrubs within a 4’ pedestrian buffer zone and a center median, and it would install raised curbs, defined pedestrian crossings and shared lane bicycle markings, pedestrian scale lighting and other street furnishings, and ADA-accessible curb ramps. Concurrent with this work, storm sewer upgrades would be completed with project funding and existing overhead utilities would be buried by the City with local funds in order to enhance service reliability and the corridor’s aesthetics while removing other pedestrian impediments. Improving transportation infrastructure and pedestrian facilities along South Lee Street would facilitate greater connectivity between historic commercial uses along Main Street, as well as the goods and service providers located along Buford Highway. The South Lee Street project will enhance its mission as a primary gateway to historic Main Street, its neighborhoods as well as a provider of mobility in the district.

Timeline: Water and sewer improvements have been completed. Currently, construction of electrical improvements is ongoing and includes the conversion of overhead to underground electric service lines. The streetscape and pedestrian improvement project is set to begin in the first quarter of 2017 with completion date slated for second quarter of 2018.

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