Completing the tree removal and installation of electrical conduit along the entire project length at once will allow the upcoming streetscape portion of the work to focus on smaller construction areas instead of working in the whole corridor at the same time.
Tree removal and conduit installation are planned for completion by the end of 2020. Work during the holiday season in November and December is currently planned for side streets and areas with fewer retail locations in order to have less impact on retail businesses on East Clayton Street.
The streetscape portion of the work is scheduled to begin in January 2021 and will take place on smaller sections of the corridor at a time. More details and timeframes will be available this fall related to the streetscape segments.
Update on Completed / Ongoing Work
In May 2020, the Transportation and Public Works Department’s Streets and Drainage Division completed the stormwater infrastructure phase of the project. Since that time, private utility companies such as Atlanta Gas Light and Georgia Power have relocated and improved their systems in the area. Some of Atlanta Gas Light’s work will continue over the next few weeks.
East Clayton Street was also restriped this summer from its former three lane alignment to the new two lane alignment to match the rest of the corridor. A final paving and restriping will take place at the end of the project.
A private contractor, Astra Construction, is managing the current and upcoming streetscape phases of the project. Once completed, the full East Clayton Street Improvements project will enhance East Clayton Street between North Lumpkin Street and North Thomas Street, as well as North Jackson Street between East Broad Street and East Washington Street.
The improvements will include better stormwater management and standing water removal, wider sidewalks with fewer pedestrian conflicts, new streetlights, new traffic signals on fewer poles, public art, wider travel lanes for vehicles, changes to metered spaces’ angles to improve safety when reversing out, larger areas for pedestrians to wait for crossing streets, and more trees and landscaping areas
The Mayor and Commission approved the streetscape design and the public art component in 2019. The full project is expected to be completed in early 2022.