This year, a record number of governments and CIDs applied for funds to jump-start or complete 58 new projects. Locally, they include projects in the cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs.
Grant applications were ranked based on transportation/engineering merit, economic merit, local, state and federal matching funds and project specifics, such as the project phase and feasibility. Loan applications are evaluated based on borrower type, project type and loan spend down/repayment abilities, in addition to the merits of the project itself.
Atlanta received a grant of $3.1 million for roadway and pedestrian improvements to streets around Atlanta City Hall and State Capitol areas of Central Avenue, Washington Street, Trinity Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. The improvements will be designed to complement the future plans for realignment of Capitol Avenue. This area of Atlanta experiences significant vehicle and pedestrian traffic as citizens visit public facilities, including city, county and state offices.
The city also received a $1 million grant for a streetlight LED conversion project, which is expected to reduce energy and maintenance costs and meet leading industry standards. This project proposes an initial conversion of 5 to 10 percent of the city’s existing high-pressure sodium and high-pressure mercury streetlight bulbs to LED (light-emitting diodes) bulbs, while also providing better lighting for pedestrians, vehicles, visitors and residents. The complete conversion to LED lights has a potential energy savings of 30 percent to 50 percent.
Sandy Springs received grants of $750,000 and $2.75 million for the realignment of Windsor Parkway to the north of its current intersection. It will include the addition of two westbound left turn lanes, one through-right turn lane and increased signal separation from West Wieuca Road. The project will improve safety, reduce travel delay and provide connectivity among adjacent land uses. This will be accomplished through the removal of split-phase signal timing and the addition of turn lanes, sidewalks and pedestrian crossings.