Bids from developers to conduct a scoping study on the Lenox Road corridor to include sidewalks and multi-use trails are due to the Buckhead Community Improvement Friday, July 22.

The study area is Lenox Road between the Lenox MARTA station and Piedmont Road, about 1.3 miles.

Buckhead CID received federal funds for the study. In a request for proposal, the BCID explains the corridor lacks adequate pedestrian and bicycle facilities and states the study will determine the feasibility of implementing various “Complete Streets” elements such as sidewalks, multi-use trails and protected bike lanes to improve pedestrian and bike accessibility.

The study will also examine land uses, traffic patterns and the existing roadway network to identify opportunities to alleviate traffic congestion and improve pedestrian and vehicular connectivity within the corridor, according to the RFP.

More specifically, the goals for the corridor include defining Lenox Road as a signature street that is unique to Buckhead. A sense of arrival should also be established by creating ‘gateways’ to Buckhead at the GA 400 interchange and the Lenox Road MARTA station. Additionally, GA 400 interchange improvements should be considered that effectively distribute vehicles to and  from the highway, while providing pedestrian and bike access across GA 400. Pedestrian accessibility also needs to be improved between the two regional malls.

The stakeholder committee will include members from BCID, Livable Buckhead, city of Atlanta Public Works, Georgia Department of Transportation, MARTA, major property owners “and other groups deemed necessary,” states the RFP.

There will also be at least two general public meetings.

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Dyana Bagby

Dyana Bagby is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown.