Last week, due to rain and the threat of freezing black ice on the roads, the official groundbreaking for the Danforth Road Sidewalk Project was moved indoors and held with a little less fanfare.
But fanfare is not what residents had been requesting and fighting the city for, these past years. Residents along Danforth Road and in the area, have complained about not having a sidewalk for years now. It was in April 2005 that the city says that they started on the sidewalk project and within the same document state that they plan to have the project completed by September 2013. It is official now, the work has begun, and progress should be more and more visible.
As you can see from the pictures from The Atlanta City Council Facebook page, the festivities were moved indoors and held during NPU-Q's monthly neighborhood meeting, along with Councilperson Keisha Lance Bottoms and the Department of Public Works.
The groundbreaking signals the beginning of what the city calls, "capital improvement to the Midwest Cascade Neighborhood."
According to the Department of Public Works:
The project scope includes the installation of five foot concrete ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant sidewalks on both sides of Danforth Road from New Hope Road to Regency Center Drive, and on the south side of Danforth Road from Regency Center Drive to Reunion Place.
Additional elements will include maintaining the 4-way stop at the corner of Danforth Road and New Hope Road, ADA compliant wheelchair ramps, concrete curb and gutter, a 2- foot grass strip, street trees, drainage and piping structures as needed.
The price tag for this project is listed just over $14 million and sources of the funding include the Transportation Impact Fee (TIF)/Federal Congestion, Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) (according to City of Atlanta Project List)
NPU-Q is comprised of the Midwest Cascade and Regency Trace neighborhoods and is comprised of approximately two thousand residents. Meetings are held by residents making up the sitting committee for the purpose of providing their neighbors with the means of receiving information regarding City of Atlanta projects and proposals, as well as providing them with the opportunity to address their concerns to city representatives and other interested parties.
NPU-Q meetings are held at the Quality Living Services Senior Center at 4001 Danforth Road, Atlanta, GA 30331. The meetings are held from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM on the third Thursday of each month.
If you wish to determine if you are a resident within NPU-Q, you can find the most current boundaries and its neighborhoods here: NPU-Q Neighborhoods and Boundaries