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Mayor Kasim Reed Announces First Phase of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Streetscape Improvement Project to Begin

Post Date:03/23/2016 3:30 PM
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 Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Anne Torres, Director
404-330-6423, office
404-904-2618, cell
amtorres@atlantaga.gov

Jenna Garland, Press Secretary
404-330-6612, office
404-357-5579, cell
jgarland@atlantaga.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 23, 2016

News Release

Mayor Kasim Reed Announces First Phase of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Streetscape Improvement Project to Begin

ATLANTA –  Mayor Kasim Reed announced today that the City of Atlanta will soon begin work on the Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Streetscape Improvement Project, which will transform this iconic road into a connected corridor with a complete streets approach. On Monday, March 21, the Atlanta City Council passed legislation which permits the City of Atlanta to begin coordination with the Georgia Department of Transportation and to start the initial phase of the project.

The Georgia Department of Transportation will resurface the state route portion of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, allowing the City of Atlanta to further extend the resources and funding allotted to the streetscape improvement project.

“We are excited that the Atlanta City Council recognized the importance of moving now on this project to ensure this unique and productive partnership with the Georgia Department of Transportation,” said Mayor Reed. “Atlanta is the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The street bearing his name should represent his legacy and stand as a source of pride and excellence for all who travel on it. Today, the City of Atlanta is one step closer to making this corridor one of the most attractive streets in America.”

The Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Streetscape Improvement Project is the first of its kind in the U.S. The improvements to the seven mile street will include synchronized traffic lights, new sidewalks and a multi-use trail with new landscaping, historic signage, street furniture, upgraded crosswalks, distinctive paving with ADA ramps, public art displays at major intersections, improved medians, new street lighting and a pocket park in the median of the road. The City of Atlanta Department of Public Works held multiple public meetings and incorporated residents’ input into the plan. More than 100 community members attended Monday’s council meeting in support of the legislation, which moves the early phase of the overall improvement project forward.

“It is very gratifying that the City is about to move forward with one of the most historic and providential actions it could take in regards to our Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, better described as ‘The Street of Dignity.’ We want this to be in King’s honor because we are proud of his achievements. This is the signature street of America. More than 100 residents supported this legislation and they should be commended for their efforts,” said Councilman C.T. Martin.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Streetscape Improvement Project is one of many initiatives led the Reed Administration in partnership with city stakeholders to make significant investments in upgrading infrastructure and promoting economic and human development across the City of Atlanta.

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For more information about the City of Atlanta, please visit http://www.atlantaga.gov or watch City Channel 26. Follow the City of Atlanta on Facebook and Twitter @CityofAtlanta. Follow Mayor Reed on Facebook and Twitter @Kasim Reed

 

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