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Don't Block the Box - Please Be Kind, Stay Behind the Line

Five of the most heavily traveled intersections within the PCIDs are getting some help, aimed at improving commutes, as well as pedestrian safety.  A "Don't Block the Box" campaign, already successful in many of the country's major population centers, will alert Perimeter Center area drivers with re-striped intersections and signage to not block the intersection or crosswalks.  And with a slightly southern twist on "Don't Block the Box," Perimeter area commuters will also be reminded to "Be Kind, Stay Behind the Line."

Leaving the intersection clear improves safe access for pedestrians using the cross walks, as well as the movement of first responders and public safety personnel, while minimizing the irritating habit of commuters sitting through an entire light sequence blocking the intersection during periods of slower moving traffic.
"It's always important to maintain clear intersections, but particularly during peak commuting hours.  Not blocking the box sustains better traffic flow, prevents gridlock and also allows emergency vehicles to more effectively navigate through the congestion," says Bill Baker, Senior General Manager of Perimeter Mall as well as a PCIDs board member.

This Don't Block the Box campaign will result in the initial re-striping of five prominent intersections within Perimeter Center:
  • Parkside Place @ Perimeter Summit
  • Peachtree Dunwoody Road @ Johnson Ferry Road
  • Peachtree Dunwoody Road @ Abernathy Road
  • Peachtree Dunwoody Road @ Lake Hearn Drive
  • Ashford Dunwoody Road at Ravinia Drive

It's expected that more intersections may be added later as part of the expanding Perimeter Traffic Operations Program (PTOP), a multi-city, multi-agency partnership to improve traffic flow, particularly during rush hours, throughout the cities of Brookhaven, Dunwoody, and Sandy Springs, as well as the Perimeter Center.
PTOP partners include the three cities, Georgia Department of Transportation and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Oh..and one more reason NOT to Block the Box.... Traffic fines for the offense are up to $500.

GDOT Contract Finalized with Northern Perimeter Contractors, Work to Begin

The Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) gave the official Notice to Proceed to North Perimeter Contractors (NPC) who have begun work on the I-285/SR400 Interchange.  Total project cost including right of way acquisition, preliminary engineering, conceptual designs, environmental studies, and other costs is approximately $800 million.
The North Perimeter Contractor’s team includes Ferrovial Agroman US Corp., The Louis Berger Group and Neel-Schaffer, Inc.  The notice to proceed allows final design work, final right of way, scheduling and community outreach to begin. Groundbreaking for heavy construction activities is anticipated later this year.
Georgia DOT Commissioner Russell McMurry said, “This interchange is one of the busiest and most critical ones in the metro area. The improvements we are making as part of this project will improve mobility of motorists and goods through our region. I’m very proud of our Georgia DOT team and our partners that we are now able to start delivering results on our commitment to find transportation solutions for this vital economic center of Atlanta. I’m very excited for the innovative approach to deliver this project where the private sector designs, builds, and finances the construction of the project. This innovation has already yielded a significant reduction in cost to the taxpayers. The improved mobility at this interchange, coupled with improved safety of the motorist, will have a positive impact for the region.”
Over 420,000 vehicles travel through this corridor every day.  Located at the nexus of two vital freeways and a MARTA rail line, this interchange serves one of the region’s largest employment areas at Perimeter Center and is a major connection for the freight distribution of goods throughout Georgia. The I-285/SR400 Interchange Improvement project will provide enhancements to these roadways that improve safety and facilitate better traffic flow to accommodate the high volume of travelers passing through it each day.
Overview of Improvements:
  • Along I-285, approximately 4-miles of improvements beginning 1-mile west of Roswell Road and ending just east of Ashford Dunwoody Road
  • Along SR 400, the project will construct about 5-miles of improvements from just south of the Glenridge Connector north to the Spalding Drive area
  • Construction of barrier-separated collector-distributor (CD) lanes along I-285 and SR400 to help reduce weaving, merging, and accelerating/decelerating conflict
  • Reconstruction of the Abernathy Road interchange
  • Replacement of the bridge at Mount Vernon Road
  • Reconstruction of existing ramps and bridges in the interchange area
  • New flyover bridges
  • New connections to I-285 and existing interchanges
"We applaud the innovation and leadership of Commissioner McMurry and his team at Georgia DOT.  This new Design-Build-Finance model for constructing the I-285/SR400 interchange, as well as related miles of collector/distributor lanes, is bringing this major capital investment project to Georgia at a very competitive cost," said Yvonne Williams, CEO and President of the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts.
The project is anticipated to take four years, with project completion expected in mid-2020. In partnership with the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts (PCIDs), the City of Sandy Springs, the City of Dunwoody and the PATH Foundation, the Georgia DOT is getting the word out to the community about the project, construction impacts and travel alternatives to use during this time. This outreach effort is also supported by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), the State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA), Georgia Commute Options (GCO), the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), and the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA).
MARTA GM Keith Parker addressing a large crowd at the Leadership Sandy Springs Transportation Summit.  Parker was joined on the experts panel by Assistant Sandy Springs City Manager Bryant Poole, PCIDs CEO Yvonne Williams and Chris Tomlinson, Executive Director of the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA).  The panel was moderated by David Rubinger, Publisher of the Atlanta Business Chronicle, and a resident of Sandy Springs.

Dunwoody hosts movie shoot, "Baby Driver" @ Perimeter Trust Bank

A high profile bank heist took place in the Perimeter area last month, causing some planned road closures. The culprits were seen noshing at local area restaurants, and entertaining patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

The heist is part of a new movie by Edgar Wright called Baby Driver that is filming near Perimeter Mall. The culprits are the star-studded cast that includes: Lilly James, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey, John Hamm, Ansel Elgort, and Sky Ferreira.

Baby Driver is about a getaway driver who, after being coerced into working for a crime boss, finds himself taking part in a heist doomed to fail. The movie will hit theaters on March 17, 2017.
Transportation leaders and visionaries will meet Friday, May 13th at the Westin Atlanta Concourse for the next Perimeter Business Alliance Leadership Luncheon.
A panel will discuss the pros, cons, pluses and minuses of building large scale people movers or an above ground circulator system - "Keep Your Eyes on the Sky."
Bill Torpy column, Metro front, "Don't Block the Box", Atlanta Journal & Constitution, April 24, 2016

Building Bridges, Coalitions and Community, Guest column by Yvonne Williams, Reporter Newspapers, April 15, 2016
An Attempt to Clear Intersections, The Crier of Dunwoody, March 30, 2016
Transportation Experts Talk Atlanta Beltline and Sandy Springs Streetcar, Reporter Newspapers, March 29, 2016
MARTA CEO to Speak @ Sandy Springs Transportation Summit, Reporter Newspapers, March 28, 2016
Campaign Urges Drives to Stay Back from CrosswalksWSB, Action News story by Linda Stouffer, March 28, 2016
Campaign Underway to Unclog Intersections, WXIA, 11Alive News Commuter Dude Update, March 29, 2016
Dunwoody City Council Approves $25,000 for PCIDs Study on Last Mile Connectivity, Reporter Newspapers, March 29, 2016
Dunwoody to Donate Two Parcels to GDOT for 285@400 Project Right of Way,
Reporter Newspapers, March 29, 2016
Georgia and Perimeter/North DeKalb Thriving, Reporter Newspapers, March, 26, 2016

Expansion Planned for Concourse, Reporter Newspapers, March, 22, 2016
Perimeter Pathways, May 2016, Volume II, Issue 3

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