Decatur’s packed with new construction, infrastructure improvements

Decatur has 10 new construction/infrastructure projects of varying complexity and duration mapped out for the next two years, a combination of public and private work.

Here’s a brief rundown:

  • Phase 2 of renovation and new construction at both Decatur High and Renfroe Middle Schools, with work on both scheduled to begin any day and take about a year.
  • The long-awaited North McDonough streetscapes project including, among other details, narrowing the street to two lanes while adding a two-way cycle track. This will be bundled with the East College Avenue railroad crossing upgrades at both McDonough and Trinity Place. Work should start right after Labor Day and take nine months to a year.
  • Construction of Cousins Properties' mixed-use development on the Callaway Building site, beginning late this year or early next year.

  • Phase 2 of the Decatur storm water drainage improvements, featuring 1200 linear feet of pipe under East Trinity/Howard Avenue/Barry Street, should begin in the next two weeks and take 9 to 12 months.
  • New and rebuilt mid-block crosswalks on Ponce de Leon Avenue and Trinity, with work taking place this summer.
  • A pedestrian/cycling trail between Olympic Place and Mead Road, to be built this summer.
  • New pavilion, restrooms and concession buildings at McKoy and Oakhurst Park, with work starting after Labor Day.