Client: Atlanta Beltline, Inc.
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Status: Completed in 2012
The Langhorn Street Road Diet is not just a traffic solution, but a comprehensive approach to urban revitalization. It will serve as a catalyst for economic development, improve the quality of life for residents, and provide a safer and more pleasant environment for all users of the street. The reduced number of lanes will calm traffic, making it safer for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. The addition of parallel parking, tree plantings, pedestrian lighting, crosswalks, stoplights, and wider sidewalks will create a more walkable, livable, and sustainable community.
The TSW-designed road diet is also closely linked to the Atlanta BeltLine Subarea 1 Master Plan and Enota Park, providing improved access to the park, and supporting the proposed transit service. The improvements at the intersection of Langhorn Street and Sells Avenue will also provide safer access to Enota Park and the proposed transit stop, while allowing traffic to access I-20.
In addition, the road diet will free up valuable public land for development and make existing privately owned parcels suitable for development. The proposed residential buildings would front widened sidewalks and enjoy views into the park. Revenue from the sale of public land for development could help fund the proposed improvements.
In summary, the Langhorn Street road diet is a multi-faceted solution that addresses transportation, urban design, economic development, and community revitalization. It is a comprehensive approach that will improve the quality of life for residents, support economic development, and create a safer and more pleasant environment for all users of the street.