College Square Plaza
The Athens-Clarke County Unified Government’s (ACCGov) Transportation and Public Works Department and Central Services Department have closed College Avenue between East Clayton Street and East Broad Street, commonly known as College Square, to vehicles as of Thursday, October 8.
The closure is part of a six-month pilot project to close this block to vehicle traffic and temporarily convert the area to a pedestrian and dining plaza. The College Square Plaza project was approved by the Mayor and Commission at their June 25, 2020 meeting. At the end of the six-month pilot, the Mayor and Commission will consider whether to permanently close the block for use as a pedestrian plaza.
As part of the project, the ACCGov Landscape Management Division will install concrete planters with landscaping at both ends of the block to prevent vehicular access and in the middle of the block to create an open space and two dining areas. Traffic signs, signals, and turn lanes will be adjusted this week by the ACCGov Traffic Engineering Division to change traffic patterns for the closure.
The plaza’s dining areas will include:
- five picnic tables
- 14 standard hexagonal tables
- four ADA-accessible hexagonal tables for use by the public.
The tables will be spaced in a socially distanced pattern. Hand sanitizer stations will also be located in the plaza.
- Patrons using the spaces should clean up after themselves and be respectful of their time at a table if others are waiting to use tables.
- Food and drink are allowed in the plaza area, but alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
As in other Athens-Clarke County public spaces, face covers are required in most instances for those over 10 years old when around other persons who do not live in the same home or residence. An exception is allowed for those who are eating and drinking. Social distancing should be maintained of at least six feet from other persons who do not live in the same home or residence.
For more information about the College Square Plaza project, contact the ACCGov Central Services Department at 706-613-3530.