7th Street Midtown AtlantaThere’s one less one-way street to navigate in Midtown with the conversion of 7th Street between West Peachtree Street and Piedmont Avenue to two-way traffic.

According to the Midtown Alliance, the conversion brings new wheelchair accessible ramps, striping, paving, installation of signage and three eastbound traffic signals at Peachtree Street, Juniper Street and Piedmont Avenue. Funding for this project was contributed via multiple partners: City of Atlanta ($250,000 in impact fees), Midtown Improvement District ($50,000) and The Loudermilk Companies ($62,000).

With 7th Street complete, 13th Street between Spring and Peachtree Walk will soon return to two-way traffic. Part of the conversion would be implemented by developers to improve access to their building –1163 West Peachtree Street, 14th Peachtree Apartments Holdings LLC and 14th Peachtree Phase II LLC. Implementation of the two-way street between Peachtree Walk and West Peachtree is expected to be complete in September. The section between West Peachtree and Spring Street is anticipated to be completed in late 2017 or early 2018.

The Midtown Alliance is also looking at extending 15th Street between West Peachtree Street and Williams Street. The Atlanta Regional Commission in June awarded Midtown Alliance a $188K grant to advance planning and engineering designs for the extension. Several entities came together to fund construction, including commitments from Georgia Department of Transportation ($1M), City of Atlanta ($500K from impact fees), Midtown Improvement District ($750K), and private partners.

“This project is critical to reconnecting the street grid and relieving traffic pressure on 14th Street,” said Midtown Alliance CEO Kevin Green. “We appreciate our partners coming through with financial commitments that can move the 15th Street extension closer to reality.”

The two-way streets and expansion are part of the new Midtown Transportation Plan, which has more than 150 projects on the drawing board. Click this link to find out more and watch videos about the plan.

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.