The Poncey-Highland master plan was released last night. You can find the details here.
North Avenue "road diet". (Click the link or the picture at right to see the full-size jpeg.)
Can I just say that I find "road diets" annoying? I know that there is a lot of traffic on North Avenue - I use it every day to go to and fro at Georgia State. The reason for the traffic is not because North Avenue is poorly designed north of the BeltLine, it is because North Avenue is a million feet wide SOUTH of the BeltLinePonce and because de Leon is a mess during rush hour. The real problem there is because there aren't enough east-west corridors other than Ponce de Leon. All the traffic bulbs, medians, and swervy lanes aren't going to change that - these are band aids. Hideous, Disney-character-covered, fall-off-in-the-shower band-aids to appease a neighborhood group.
I hate traffic bulbs and lanes that swerve for no reason other than to mess with drivers. Yeah, yeah, that is the point, I get it. But they've already got on street parking in this plan, and North Avenue is not THAT wide! make the lanes a little narrower and widen the sidwalks or something. Some of these plans are just super annoying and I think you can slow traffic down enough with the other methods.
I know some Tech planning students read this blog - please explain to me why North Avenue needs random sidewalk bulbs, random crosswalks, and lane changes, and why something more subtle (just narrower lanes and on-street parking) won't suffice.
For example, just before Linwood the eastbound lane swerves left to accommodate a crosswalk midblock, before then heading straight into the left turn lane of the westbound lane at the intersection, forcing the driver into an awkward swerve back to the right to stay in the correct lane and not hit cars waiting to turn. Surely a little median would serve better here? WTF?
I personally find many "road diets" and speed humps to be an all-thumbs approach to traffic calming, and every time I see them, I cringe. I'm not saying ALL road diets are awful, but I abhor the speed humps they installed a block from my house. The McLendon Ave stuff isn't awful once you get past the golf course, unless you are a biker.
By the time any of this happens, hopefully I will be long gone from GSU and I won't have to be annoyed by this every day. If I am still driving to school when this North Ave stuff is built, I will probably end up shooting down Greenwood to cut over to Ponce Place and Ponce de Leon. Until everyone started complaining about Greenwood and they put some stupid speed humps there.
h/t: Georgia Zoning Blog