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GDOT to replace 'unacceptable' construction near Ponce City Market

A cement median installed on a bike lane by Ponce City Market last month will be replaced after public outcry.

A Georgia Department of Transportation contractor placed two medians on bike lanes on Ponce de Leon Avenue that activitists called "unacceptable."

The medians on either side of the street were to "reduce conflict points" and control traffic flow into Ponce City Market and another shopping center across the street, according to GDOT.

Some community members think the median caused more harm that good.

"While this was part of an attempt to prevent dangerous left turns by drivers, the placement created a major safety hazard and is simply unacceptable," the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, a local nonprofit, wrote in a Facebook post Monday.

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GDOT said the median outside Ponce City Market was removed Wednesday morning and will be replaced with another one in a different location.

The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition said they were "very pleased" with GDOT's response and "relieved" that no one was seriously injured.

Dominqiue Henderson said he was skating down a bike lane on Ponce de Leon Avenue before he realized a median was in his way.

"As I'm riding with traffic, I pull up on this median and it's like 'bail or get hit or die,'" Dominqiue told Channel 2 Action News.

The medians are part of an overall safety project currently underway on Ponce de Leon Avenue between Piedmont Road and Moreland Avenue, according to Annalysce Baker, a GDOT communications specialist.

The safety projects include more pedestrian signalheads, sidewalks and pedestrian beacons to help with midblock crossing.

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