Project 16: Prince Avenue Corridor Improvements

Project Statement 

Prince Avenue Corridor Improvements includes funding for specific improvements to the Prince Avenue Corridor that are to be approved by Mayor and Commission mid-September 2022. Improvements eligible for the funding include, but are not limited to, landscaped/concrete median(s), additional sidewalks, multi-use trail, separated bike lanes, and intersection improvements at the intersections of N. Milledge Avenue, King Avenue, and Park Avenue/Talmadge Drive.

Time Lapse Video of the project

Project Details

Prince Avenue Corridor Improvements (TSPLOST 2018 Project 16) includes funding for specific improvements to the Prince Avenue Corridor that are to be approved by Mayor and Commission. 

Potential improvements include, but are not limited to:

  • Landscaped/concrete median(s)
  • Sidewalk & pedestrian area upgrades
  • Mid-block crosswalks
  • Separated bike lanes
  • Intersection, roadway & signal changes

Project Information

Prince Avenue 3-Lane Pilot Project Installation Update 

The Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (ACCGov) installed a pilot project beginning in mid-September to change the locally-controlled area of Prince Avenue from a four-lane vehicle road with two vehicle lanes in each direction to a three-lane vehicle road with one vehicle lane in each direction, a center turning lane, two separated bike lanes, and other safety features. The pilot project runs for approximately a half mile from just east of North Milledge Avenue to Pulaski Street. 

An interactive map provides maps of the corridor; details and photos of the new features; before-and-after comparisons of sections of the roadway; project history; and other corridor information.

The 60-day study period ended on November 23, 2022, and the Mayor and Commission voted to make it permanent at the December 13, 2022 Special-called Session. They also approved additional expenditures for additional short-term improvements that were installed in June 2023:

  • Relocating the Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) to the new mid-block crossing near The Bottleworks ($10,000 budget); 
  • Removing transit stop improvements at intersection of Prince & Pulaski ($5,000 budget); 
  • Add raised pavement markers along the route ($5,000 budget)
  • Revise bicycle box on eastbound Prince at Pulaski ($5,000 budget).
  • Repair and enhance the Zicla Zipper system to add the B modules into a BAB configuration  and epoxy into the asphalt ($150,000 budget).
  • Project Contingency ($25,000 budget)
  • Total estimated budget to install short-term improvements is $200,000.  

The Mayor & Commission also authorized staff to enter into the Preliminary Plan Phase for project development process to further investigate and mature the peripheral improvement elements to address long-term safety and operational improvements of this section of Prince Avenue - such as: curb cuts (closing drives/entrances to private/adjoining parcels); different buffer materials; incorporating additional stormwater features for conveyance/treatment; ADA and crosswalk improvements; and intersection Improvements.

Prince Avenue at Park/Talmage Intersection Improvements

The User Group & staff identified the need increase pedestrian safety at the Park Avenue/Talmadge Street intersection at Prince Avenue.  Sub-project #2 included adding pedestrian crosswalk lights along with ADA accessible call buttons and new thermoplastic striping.  Because this work was located on state controlled section of the corridor, Georgia DOT needed to approve the design.  This improvement’s installation was complete in late Spring 2023: Approved design for Prince Avenue at Park/Talmage Intersection Improvements (PDF) .

TSPLOST 2018 Overall Project 16 Budget:  
TSPLOST 2018 Overall Project 16 Budget
Estimated Annual Operating Impact