Metro South CID is working to improve traffic and freight congestion in the area. Below are some projects in the works!
Cedar Grove Bridge
The Cedar Grove bridge over the Norfolk Southern railroad has been closed since March 27, 2020, and has created a major disruption for the trucking companies within the MSCID district, resulting in increased costs and commute times. The bridge was built in 1965 and is at the end of its useful life.
In November of 2020, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners approved $4.1 million for the Cedar Grove Bridge construction and the necessary improvements along the alternate route that will be temporarily used during the bridge closure. The bridge repair will be a design-build project to help construction move as efficiently as possible.
The Metro South CID board of directors, DeKalb County officials, law enforcement and business owners within the district met on Monday, March 22, to determine the next steps to continue the project’s progress. The replacement bridge is currently being designed by AECOM Engineering and DeKalb County public works director Richard Lemke roughly estimated the project will be complete in one and a half to two years, pending any potential weather delays. The County is also working with its SPLOST committee to secure the funding needed to begin repairs to the alternate route used during the bridge closure, pulling from the County’s on-call contractors to expedite the repairs once funding is approved. While these repairs are taking place, the CID has requested detour signage be placed throughout the area to better inform and direct truck drivers, as well as speed detection devices to stop unsafe traffic speeds through residential areas.
The CID has requested detour signage be placed throughout the area to better inform and direct truck drivers not as familiar with this area, and we are working to improve infrastructure and landscaping along the alternate route to better accommodate increased traffic while the bridge is being rebuilt.
Click here to view the list of road network improvements submitted to DeKalb County and a map that details the preferred alternate route for traffic based on the bridge closure.
The Metro South CID (MSCID) Freight Cluster Plan (FCP) is being carried out as a part of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) Freight Cluster Plan program. ARC’s program focuses on facilitating efficient freight movement, improving access to jobs, reducing traffic congestion, addressing changes in the freight industry, and improving safety, mobility, and access for all roadway users.
The MSCID Plan will specifically accomplish the following:
- Identify and program transportation improvements specific to freight.
- Promote efficient transportation solutions.
- Identify land uses and target industries that support compatible future growth and development.
- Engage the private sector and surrounding community.
- Promote economic development.
For more information, visit the Freight Cluster Plan project page.
Resurfacing and Repaving
With plans to resurface several roads in the district, the CID
- Has completed resurfacing along Old McDonough Road
- Has completed resurfacing on Continental Way from Bouldercrest Road to International Park Drive. Continental Way is 3,300 ft. in length and International is 1,100 ft.
In addition, the County is assessing funding options to pave the dirt section of Old McDonough from the XPO entrance to Mason-Dixon Road, including a pothole on Mason-Dixon Road that is the length of a bus and up to two feet deep.
Lane Widening and Expanding
- Constitution Road “lane widening” with curb and gutter installations is coming soon!
- The CID received funding from the Atlanta Regional Commission in 2019. They are currently working on additional funding to begin the study.
- The CID is working with business owners in the Old McDonough/Transport City Drive area to resolve the truck congestion and backups that are happening when entering businesses on the westbound lane of Old McDonough.
- The CID is planning for a future Bouldercrest interchange project. This project will move the westbound off-ramp to line-up with Continental Way, which will transform it into three lanes. This improvement will solve truck backup on Continental Way, where trucks sit in the through-lane when entering the PILOT lot, which blocks one lane for 3,000 feet.
- The CID is planning to work with GDOT to improve the under-designed intersection rail where side roads intersect with SR 42 (Moreland Ave.).
- In partnership with Georgia Department of Transportation, the CID is working on the Bouldercrest at 285 Interchange reconstruction. As of now, the right-of-way acquisition has been authorized and construction will begin in 2022 or 2023.