Region2000, in partnership with the City of Lynchburg, commissioned AECOM to prepare the Atlanta Avenue Corridor Study as a supplement to both the Wards Road Area Pedestrian and Bicycle Concept Plan and the Wards Ferry Road Corridor Study to specifically address speed, safety, capacity, and pedestrian/bicyclist access along Atlanta Avenue, between Wards Road and Wards Ferry Road. City Council adopted the plan into Lynchburg Comprehensive Plan 2013 through 2030 on October 13, 2015.
Key plan recommendations include:
Installation of a speed hump to calm traffic speeds;
Establishment of an increased fine zone to further discourage speeding;
Construction of a mini-roundabout at the intersection of Atlanta Avenue and Badcock Place;
Inclusion of crosswalks across Atlanta Avenue at the mini-roundabout to connect the existing trail to the future Phase 3 of the Wards Road Trail; and
Construction of a multi-use trail on the north side of Atlanta Avenue to improve pedestrian/bicyclist safety and connect the Wards Road Trail to the future Wards Ferry Road multi-use trail.
Public meetings were held on April 23, 2015, and May 21, 2015, at Lynchburg Church of the Brethren on Atlanta Avenue. Meeting attendees discussed issues addressed in the plan concerning speeding, lane width, steep pavement drop-offs, and general safety. There was strong support for better pedestrian accommodations from the residents of Atlanta Avenue.
If you have any questions regarding the plan, contact the Department of Community Development at 434-455-3900.