LaVista/Briarcliff Intersection Improvements

March 25, 2014 at 6:42 pm 1 comment

Barbara_WheelerBelow is a report from our DeKalb Transportation Coordinator, Barbara Wheeler, following her conversation with Dave Pelton, Supervising Engineer at DeKalb County Transportation.

The current proposal for Briarcliff and LaVista is at a standstill, the county is working on a concept to improve the intersection, but there are some objections by the commissioners to making the intersection any bigger.

Among the constraints, the church on the corner, Peachtree Baptist Church, is historic and cannot be altered, and the Whole Foods retaining wall is also immovable.

The commissioners inquired if the intersection could be converted to a roundabout, but the available space is not adequate for a large roundabout.

GDOT has set aside some money to improve the intersection, but the commissioners are not supportive of this current concept, so it is not moving forward.

The county would welcome any creative ideas for improvements that make the intersection flow better AND be more pedestrian friendly which Mr. Pelton believes is the commissioners’ point of view (hence the roundabout idea).

Click HERE to see the current concept drawing.


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  • 1. Jim Slemenda  |  March 29, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    A couple of questions:

    Why is the Whole Foods retaining wall immovable? There seems to be extra unused space at that corner of their lot. Don’t they take pride in working with the community?

    Secondly, have the DeKalb traffic engineers gone over the light timing at that corner recently? There always seems to be an unequal light allotment when we get the east-bound backups in the evening. Living in the neighborhood I usually know how to avoid the backups, if I remember in time, but I shouldn’t have to do that. How about a dynamic light system that adjusts to real-time traffic flow? They exist now.


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