Connect Athens is a single corridor planning process that identified short- and long-term recommendations for two major arterial roadways in Athens—Atlanta Highway and Lexington Road. While these roads face many unique challenges, they also have much in common as commuter routes, retail hubs, and gateways to downtown. Most notably, each corridor has specific assets and future opportunities that will benefit the entire community. The Athens-Clarke County Comprehensive Plan identified the need for a corridor planning process in these areas as one strategy to achieve the city’s long-term vitality goals.
The corridor planning process included three phases, each of which included targeted community involvement. During 2018 and 2019, the project team worked with residents, business owners, and other stakeholders throughout public events and online engagement, reviewed and assessed existing and projected conditions, and considered best practices in how to blend the interests of transportation, land use, and economics.