From PEDS (Pedestrians Educating Drivers on Safety) via CHCA resident Joe Greear: PEDS will be holding a Slow Down! signs distribution event on Wednesday, July 17th from 6-7pm at Suburban Plaza. Displaying a yard sign is a really terrific way to raise drivers' awareness when traveling our neighborhood streets. There is no charge for the signs, thanks to Abbadabba's sponsorship of this effort. This may be one of the last opportunities to get one of these bright yellow signs, so please stop by if you can.
From Joe Greear: Everyone, Someone has cut back and sprayed the bushes at the creek on N. Decatur. Thank you, that helps some, but as you can see from the attached photos, this remains an extremely dangerous place for pedestrians. The sidewalk narrows and looses the grass strip at the creek, making the pedestrian walk within inches of fast moving traffic. On top of that, the sidewalk is crumbling, broken and uneven. If a person were to trip on the manhole, they would surely be hit by oncoming cars. This section of road is right across from Landover and adjacent to the scene of the terrible tragedy that happened to the Wu family. It is my personal hope that the County can replace this culvert or at least the sidewalk with something that removes the pedestrian from the flow of traffic.
Attached is a letter posted with permission from CHCA resident Joe Greear to our commissioners asking to make N Decatur Rd safer for pedestrians. Below it are responses from Kathie Gannon's office and Emory's Clifton Community Partnership. Joe invites others to join him in keeping this issue alive. The CHCA board has also communicated their concerns. The story is scheduled to run Monday morning, 7/1/13, in the 6:30 half hour on Channel 11. It will also be posted on The Commuter Dude's webpage along with an extended interview of the victim's family.
Both ajc.com and Fox Atlanta report that a pedestrian was killed at the intersection of N Decatur and Landover Dr. Thursday morning June 20. That was the cause of the big traffic jam in our neighborhood. [Update 6/22/13: Identity of the victim and diagram of the accident have been published by the North Druid Hills - Briarcliff Patch.]
From Emory: Georgia Power Co. will be installing a duct bank for power lines to support the Emory University Hospital bed tower project and the new substation being built to the north of the North Decatur Building. Work is scheduled to begin on the evening of Monday, May 20 and will take place from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. each night and every other weekend.
From commissioner Jeff Rader: DeKalb County Road Closure Notification. Beginning 6:00 a.m. Friday April 11, through 6:00 a.m. Saturday April 12, South Ponce de Leon Avenue between Clifton Road NE and Ponce de Leon Avenue NE will be closed to through traffic. Road closure signs will be posted advising of construction work and traffic detours. For more information, contact Clint Fumanti at 404-333-6621.
Have a safe and wonderful weekend -
From the North Druid Hills - Briarcliff Patch: "DeKalb Industrial Way to Experience Periodic Shutdowns. The roadway may be shut down between now and April 20 from North Decatur Road to Lawrenceville Highway while a high-pressure gas line is installed...." [Read more.]