The PCIDs already have a system in place to communicate information weekly from the Georgia Department of Transportation to Perimeter businesses and employees about weekend construction work that can impact them in the metro area. We also communicate lane closures for projects the PCIDs or cities in our area have underway, as well as improvements we are making to enhance traffic flow.
Other projects that the PCIDs have been advocating for could also reduce traffic during emergencies.
The availability of a managed lane on I-285 for bus rapid transit would be especially beneficial, and this is something that we have been urging. School buses could be allowed priority access to an expedited collector/distributor system along Ga. 400 that would let them move faster. The state has planned a four-lane system from Hammond Drive to north of Spalding Drive for construction in 2030.
As plans move forward to improve emergency preparedness, the PCIDs are anxious to assist however possible. We are closely attuned to the transportation needs of our employers and commuters and provide a natural vehicle to assist in the development of a business communications outreach that can help prevent chaos on our roadways in the future.
Yvonne Williams is president and CEO of the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts.