Hardin/O'Kelly Complete Streets Project Underway
The city of Conyers Hardin/O’Kelly Street Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) streetscape project is underway. Best known as a “complete streets” project, the Hardin/O’Kelly Street project enhances and modifies existing roadways to better accommodate pedestrians, cyclists, motorists, etc., by widening the roadway, constructing a roundabout, and adding bicycle lanes and sidewalks. The project length is 0.77 miles, beginning at the intersection of Hardin Street and Dogwood Drive and ending at the intersection of O’Kelly Street and Green Street. Construction began on January 11 and crews have begun surveying, clearing and removing trees, installing traffic control devices and silt fencing. Utility crews have begun relocating gas services, power and communications.
The Hardin/O’Kelly LCI project is endorsed by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) as an identified activity center ideal for making a community more walkable and livable. The LCI project was approved in 2011 and over the course of the last seven years, a concept study was developed, preliminary engineering began, and right-of-way was acquired before construction was authorized to begin in 2018.
Depending on weather conditions, a detour for construction of a box culvert east of Bryant Street is tentatively scheduled for March 12-March 25, 2018. A second detour for the construction of the roundabout at the intersection of Oakland Avenue and O’Kelly Street is tentatively scheduled for April 23-July 22, 2018. The estimated completion date for the project is summer 2019.
“Streetscape improvements will round out the project as we near completion and this includes planting trees throughout the corridor as well as landscaping and lighting the new roundabout at the intersection of O’Kelly Street and Oakland Avenue,” said Brian Frix, P.E. Deputy Director of the city’s Public Works and Transportation department. “When it’s finished, this project will enhance the aesthetics of Olde Town Conyers and ease the mobility for citizens no matter if they’re walking, cycling, or driving in the area.”
The Hardin/O’Kelly LCI project is funded through federal transportation dollars and local SPLOST funding. The cost of the project is $3.9 million.