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Georgia 400/I-285 Re-Construction Program Clears Major Hurdle
Highway Administration Rules No Major Environmental Impact

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) working with key stakeholders and partners, received notification from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) of the acceptance of both the Environmental Assessment FONSI (finding of no significant impact) for the I-285/GA400 interchange reconstruction and for the Environmental Assessment Re-Evaluation FONSI for the companion collector-distributor (CD) lanes segment in May. 
This environmental impact assessment clears the way for this project of statewide signficance to move ahead into the procurement phase, and ultimately the selection of the design-build-finance team.  The reconfiguration of the I-285/GA400 interchange and CD lanes along the corridor, with a projected cost of $1.1 billion, will target one of metro Atlanta areas most heavily traveled commuting corridors.  Each day, more than 400,000 vehicles travel through the interchange.
“This is an amazing win for our team to be able to obtain approved environmental documents in such a short time frame,” said Russell McMurry, GA DOT Commissioner. “Working with our partners on the project and collaborating with FHWA to meet tight deadlines resulted in the success we have today, and I am confident that we will continue that positive trend as we move forward with the project.”
Currently, four teams are short listed to provide competitive bid packages highlighting innovation in design and construction aspects of the new interchange project.  Proposals are due in September and the apparent awardee will be announced in December.  The project is anticipated to open to traffic in 2020.
Yvonne Williams, President and CEO of the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts, noted the importance of the State’s largest project to the area.  “We have a positive history of moving projects ahead by working with the Georgia Department of Transportation and Governor Deal on strategic transportation investments.  Our PCIDs are proud to work with our federal, statewide and regional partners once again on innovative project delivery.”
The Central DeKalb and Fulton CIDs will be investing the first $10-million in hard construction costs incurred on this project.
Perimeter Connects Launch
A One-Stop, No-Fee Alternative Transportation Consultancy Service for Area Businesses

At the May meeting of the Perimeter Business Alliance (PBA), the PCIDs launched a new transportation consultancy service for area business called Perimeter Connects.  This free service is available to all area employers, businesses and property managers to assist them in developing alternative transportation and commuting programs for their employees and tenants.

Perimeter Connects has assumed the clientele of the Perimeter Transportation Sustainability Coalition (PTSC), which provided service to many of the Central Perimeter’s largest and leading employers including Cox, State Farm Insurance, UPS and Newell Rubbermaid.  Perimeter Connects is already meeting with area employers, property managers and human resource executives to map out plans, and just completed a series of successful Earth Day celebration events.

Tailor Your Commute
Typical offerings of Perimeter Connects include discounted/bulk sale MARTA Breeze cards for employees; GRTA shuttle and vanpool assembly and routing; as well as commute benefits consultation services. The service can assist in development of tele-work and flex work arrangements; as well as promoting active transportation options utilizing PATH trails and bike lanes. Emily Haar, Program Manager, joins Perimeter Connects after serving as the Assistant Director of Midtown Transportation, a program of the Midtown Alliance. You can find out more at or write

Q. What is your preferred form of alternate transportation (not single occupancy vehicles)?

"State Farm* currently provides a benefit to our associates to encourage the use of public transportation.  Our Commuter Benefits Program allows our associates to purchase transit and/or commuter parking spaces with pre-tax dollars." - Juaquin Jordan, Administrative Services Manager, State Farm Insurance 
*Insurance giant State Farm is building one of its three national operations hub centers at the Perimeter Center, with a campus along Hammond Drive including three 20-plus story towers, eventually planned to house 15,000 employees, across the street from the Dunwoody MARTA Station.

**Sound-off will seek answers from community leaders, PBA members and property owners within the PCIDs on hot topics of the day.  Please feel free to send your suggested topic or question for future issues to Tammy Thompson, Director of External Affairs at

PBA Board members Diane Calloway, Specialized Title Services, Inc., and Steve Slifer, UPS join Georgia's Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and PCIDs CEO Yvonne Williams at the Georgia Chamber Centennial Gala at the Georgia State Capitol in April.
Brookhaven, metro Atlanta's newest city and DeKalb County's youngest municipality is focused on its future.  Brookhaven's civic and elected leadership have worked diligently to improve public safety, area roads and infrastructure as well as to expand parks and green spaces.
Brookhaven was selected by Google as one of nine cities in metro Atlanta (with nearly 200 municipalities across the 20 county metro region) where Google Fiber will deliver ultra-high speed broadband internet capacity and service to business and residential customers alike.
Brookhaven is opening a new Police Precinct at Brookhaven City Hall, and announcing additional improvements to major intersections of Ashford Dunwoody, Johnson Ferry, North Druid Hills and Roxboro Roads to improve traffic flow and safety.  Park expansion and renovation projects are also underway at both Briarwood and Murphey Candler Parks.
Brookhaven has also successfully launched a series of public and community events and gatherings, including - Easter Egg Hunt, Summer Food Trucks, and the city's signature event, The Cherry Blossom Festival ( in March.  Plans are underway to add a bluegrass music festival as well as barbecue and bourbon tasting competitions in the near future, as well as a successful, free and family friendly summer film series on the green at Brookhaven Town Center.

To learn more visit,

Brookhaven District 1 Commissioner, Rebecca Chase Williams discussing the Cherry Blossom Festival

Perimeter Business Alliance Leadership Luncheons
Stay tuned for information on the next PBA luncheon meeting slated for Friday, August 28. Expect invitations in mid-July. Please RSVP. 
Yvonne Williams, Guest Viewpoint Atlanta Journal Constitution

Georgia 400 Interstate 285 Overhaul Ok with Feds, Dave Williams, Atlanta Business Chronicle 
Reporter Newspapers
Q&A with Juaquin Jordan, State Farm Insurance, Atlanta Journal Constitution

Cody Partin named Fulton CID Chair, Atlanta Journal Constitution Brag Book

PCIDs Improve Area Crosswalks

Crosswalk improvements and upgrades are set to begin on Sunday, June 21, Sunday.
The work hours will be 8:00pm to 6:00am , Sunday night through Thursday night.   They do not anticipate working Fri night/Sat morning, unless they lose a day during the week due to weather.
Approximately 2 weeks of construction duration for each intersection, however once work starts on the Ashford Dunwoody, they could save time by doing 2 adjacent intersections at once-----that will be discussed and determined for feasibility.
The first location will be Perimeter Center Parkway @ Marta entrance.
The following is the order for the remainder:

  • Ashford Dunwoody/Meadow Ln
  • Ashford Dunwoody/Perimeter Ctr West
  • Ashford Dunwoody /Ravinia Dr
  • Ashford Dunwoody/Hammond Dr     
  • Hammond / Perimeter Ctr Pkwy --- On Hold and to be coordinated w/State Farm construction

Work takes place weather permitting

Perimeter Pathways, June 2015, Volume I., Issue 3

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