Work on Decatur’s Commerce Drive will slow traffic this week

Paving of the Commerce Drive cycle track in Decatur begins this week just as DeKalb County initiates sanitary sewer improvements in the same vicinity. Commerce will remain open but motorists are being told by the city to expect delays. The work will last most of this week.

Commerce will get the full milling and resurfacing treatment at the West Ponce de Leon Avenue, Swanton Way and West Trinity Place intersections. The project should finish Thursday.

Meantime DeKalb’s sewer upgrades at the Commerce/Beaumont Place intersection requires a temporary by-pass across Commerce beginning Tuesday (Oct. 22) and probably lasting through Thursday. Located adjacent to the On The Square apartments, the by-pass features a flexible hose with a temporary ramp across the road.

Decatur began work on the long-planned Commerce Drive Cycle Track (or protected bicycle lanes) back in April, with the project expected to last into next spring.

Beginning at Clairemont Avenue, the cycle track heads south on Commerce to West Trinity Place, turning east on West Trinity and connecting with the North McDonough Street cycle track that was completed in 2017.

Commerce Drive will retain four vehicle lanes between Clairemont and West Ponce de Leon Avenue, three lanes between West Ponce and West Trinity, and four lanes on West Trinity.