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Decatur Diary | December 14, 2020

Community Gathers Online to Help Shape Atlanta Ave. RR Crossing

A Virtual Open House and Workshop for the railroad crossing improvements at Atlanta Avenue was held on Wednesday, December 9, 2020.

The meeting provided a pandemic-appropriate opportunity for residents and others to help in planning pedestrian and bicycling improvements, traffic calming, landscape features, and streetscape amenities for the project. The planning team of Landis-Evans & Partners and Atkins solicited community ideas, comments, and other contributions for making the rail crossing and intersection safe and comfortable for all users.

For those not able to attend or who have additional thoughts, workshop materials have been posted below. Comments are welcome until December 23 and can be emailed to Hugh Saxon, Deputy City Manager, at

Supporting Materials

Review complete video of the workshop
Atlanta Avenue Workshop Overview Presentation (7 mb) 
Pedestrian/Bicyclist Breakout Session (4 mb) 
Streetscape Improvements and Landscape Amenities Breakout Session (4 mb) 
Traffic Calming and West Howard Avenue Refined Breakout Session  (2 mb)


A summary of civic engagement and workshop activities, findings, and recommendations for proposed improvements to the railroad crossing at Atlanta Avenue was presented to the City Commissioners at a Monday, July 15, 2019 work session at Decatur City Hall. You can review the proceedings at

In August, 2019, the City Commission approved the concept plan for the Railroad Crossing Improvements @ Atlanta Avenue. The plan includes a new, simplified crossing at Adair Street between West Howard Avenue and West College Avenue and a modern traffic signal system at the new railroad crossing and at Olympic Place. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, planning for this important community improvement was suspended in March of 2020.


  1. Howard/Adair Intersection Streetscape Alternative #3:
    RELOCATED CURB WITH LANDSCAPING, seems like the best choice. We need a permanent solution to providing better pedestrian safety on Howard and College. The terracotta might look a bit better than the colored plastic ones, but they still seem very temporary.

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