For 20 years, residents along Prince Avenue have been asking for bike lanes and traffic calming measures to slow down drivers coming into town from the Highway 129 dragway outside the Loop. Now’s the chance to make it happen.
Athens-Clarke County is seeking input through Sept. 9 on specific projects to fund with $4 million set aside for Prince Avenue in T-SPLOST, the 1% sales tax for transportation that local voters approved in 2017. Some ideas recommended by a user group include separated bike lanes, a landscaped or concrete median, mid-block crosswalks, sidewalk and signal upgrades and other pedestrian improvements. The targeted area runs from Sunset Drive to Pulaski Street.
More information and survey forms are available at accgov.com/prince. In addition, pop-in events are scheduled at several locations along the corridor throughout the public comment period: Wednesday, Aug. 18 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Subway; Thursday, Aug. 19 from 5-7 p.m. at Athentic Brewing Co.; Thursday, Aug. 26 from 5-7 p.m. at Hendershot’s; Saturday, Aug. 29 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Athens Farmers Market in Bishop Park; and Sunday, Sept. 5 from 9-11 a.m. on the patio outside the new Barberitos and Flying Biscuit.
After an Oct. 12 work session and further discussion at the Oct. 19 work session, the ACC commission is scheduled to vote on a slate of projects at its Nov. 2 meeting.
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