Grant to help Avondale Estates’ road/pedestrian improvements

Avondale Estates recently received a $128,000 grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission that will help launch its redesign of U.S. Highway 278 from Ashton Place to Sams Crossing.

But the new look, expected eventually to cost $2.8 million and take three phases, could take five to seven years for completion according to City Planner Keri Stevens

The grant will pay for phase one engineering later this year. A project like this takes so long, Stevens explained, because each phase requires engineering, a consultant, a request for proposal and right-of-way acquisitions.

The total project includes continuous sidewalks on both sides of 278 except for the stretch occupied by the city’s iconic hedges, planted in the early 1930s. The redesign will also include four medians with refuge islands and some style of flashing signal for crossing with push-button poles on either side.

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