Chamblee Dunwoody Road Georgetown Gateway
The Chamblee Dunwoody Georgetown Gateway Project seeks to improve traffic flow and create a more welcoming environment for bicycle, pedestrian, and non-motorized users. The scope of the project entails improving the general traffic operations at its intersections as well as providing enhancements to the visual appeal, walkability, and safety of the corridor. Prospective plan elements will include items such as landscape buffers, street trees, pedestrian and lighting, underground utilities, street furniture, bicycle facilities, and enhanced sidewalks.
Improving this corridor is identified in the city’s Comprehensive Transportation Plan as a high priority project. The focus of this project extends along Chamblee Dunwoody from I-285 to just south of the North Shallowford Road intersection. However, to provide an all-inclusive representation of the subject area, the conceptual analysis of this project also considered concept designs that extend through the intersections of North Shallowford Road/Peeler Road and Vermack Road. In addition, pedestrian improvements along Cotillion Drive between Chamblee Dunwoody and N. Shallowford Road were considered.
This segment of Chamblee Dunwoody Road is home to thousands of Dunwoody residents and provides access to over 13,000 vehicles travel each day. As a result of this usage, a remarkable opportunity exists for this project to provide non-motorized connectivity for Dunwoody residents between their neighborhoods and the nearby public parks and commercial services and amenities located along this corridor.
Current Project Phase – Right of Way Acquisition, Utility Coordination, and Final Plans
The city has identified 22 parcels that will be directly impacted by this project. The city must obtain easements and right of way from these parcels prior to construction.
This project will impact several utilities. The city is currently coordinating with each of them to determine the extent of the impact and plan for any necessary relocation.
Next Project Phase – Construction
Construction is currently anticipated in 2020 pending funding availability and impacts from other adjacent, planned projects.
History - Current Development
This project is the largest transportation improvement undertaken thus far by the City of Dunwoody. To ensure the best possible result, it will take several years of planning and design to incorporate the vision of the many stakeholders including residents, business owners, as well as the Georgia Department of Transportation and the Atlanta Regional Commission.
Public information meetings were held in December 2014. Based on comments received from the public and city council members, Alternate C was selected as the preferred alternate. This alternate provides a 12' wide multiuse trail on one side along the corridor. Street trees and furnishings, pedestrian lighting, and landscaping will also be incorporated in the design as the plans progress, creating a better sense of place to the Georgetown area.
A multiuse path was also shown to be the preferred alternate on the Cotillion Drive section. It is expected that the state's managed lane project on I-285 will impact Cotillion Drive. The City has placed the Cotillion multiuse path on hold pending additional details on the state's project.
A preferred alternate on the intersection of Chamblee Dunwoody Road with Peeler Road/N. Shallowford Road has not been selected. This intersection improvement will proceed as a separate project.
Responses to Public Comments