Decatur to get elaborate crosswalk at South Candler/East Davis

The Georgia Department of Transportation will build a crosswalk on South Candler Street near East Davis Street, though it remains uncertain what type or the projected construction date.

The city still hasn’t seen results from a May pedestrian count, likely the determining factor for the style crosswalk. Decatur Conservation Coordinator Lena Stevens said it will either be a crosswalk with a rapid-flashing beacon, similar to one a quarter-mile north at Candler and East Dougherty Street, or a more elaborate structure that looks like a traffic light but doesn’t function until activated by a pedestrian.

The intersection currently has chalk marks outlining a temporary conventional crosswalk. The final crosswalk will be 10 feet wide, larger than the typical 8-foot width.

GDOT will also move the current crosswalk at Candler and Pharr Road about 50 yards north near the MARTA bus stop, where there’s better visibility and it crosses only two (instead of three) lanes of traffic.