Wylie Street improvement plan. Click for larger image. (Courtesy of Atlanta BeltLine)

The Atlanta BeltLine has posted a rendering on its website of the concept design for improvements along Wylie Street in Cabbagetown and Reynoldstown as part of the Eastside Trail extension. The design concept (pictured above) was recently presented at a study group meeting  with more than 60 neighborhood residents in attendance to provide feedback.

Wylie Street is an integral part of connecting the Eastside Trail, which is broken by the giant CSX-Hulsey Yard along DeKalb Avenue. Routing BeltLine users from the Old Fourth Ward side of DeKalb Avenue to pick up the Eastside Trail near Flat Shoals Road on the Reynoldstown side has been one of the BeltLine’s main challenges. You can read more about the Eastside Trail extension in this recent article.

Sidewalks will remain for pedestrians, but vehicle travel lane modifications would include removing the center stripe and the addition of advisory bike lanes, which define the cyclist’s are with a white dashed line. Advisory bike lanes function so that with no on-coming traffic, vehicles are required to stay outside of the bike lines; however, when there are oncoming vehicles from both sides, the cyclists and motorists will have to share their directional lane to allow safe passage of all travelers.

The concept design also includes implementing medians in the block between Short and Pearl Streets and between Kenyon Street and Flat Shoals Avenue. On-street parking will be modified to break-up the long straight-away that currently exists on Wylie, with parking staggered on the north and south sides of the street.

BeltLine officials noted that the concept rendering may change based on comments from from the public meeting. Striping changes are also conceptual and would have to be approved by the Department of Public Works.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.