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Memorial Drive: What Are Motorists' Biggest Problems?

Have your say in a road safety audit.

by Earl Williamson

As part of the data collection leading to an eventual Memorial Drive Livable Centers Initiative study, the Georgia Department of Transportation has agreed to do a Road Safety Audit of Memorial Drive from Moreland Avenue to Candler Road.

The audit will be the week of April 16th through April 20th.

Road Safety Audits include spot or section locations on state highways or local roads where the crash frequencies or severity rates are at or above the statewide average for similar route types.

They look at the overall length along and specific point locations with a focus on safety. The audits generate a list of suggested/proposed implementations that may or may not occur given current state, county and/or city funding.

The audits also can produce maintenance work orders for repairs and improvements.

I would like everyone's input on general Memorial Drive concerns as well as specific problems at specific locations. Don't just give a location without describing the problem in reasonable detail.

This information will be used to guide points to focus on during the RSA.

Forward your ideas to me via e-mail with the subject line "RSA Input." If you've already contributed, you don't need to repeat.

Thank you.

Mr. Williamson is chairman of Neighborhood Planning Unit-O, which represents the interests of the Edgewood, Kirkwood, East Lake and Villages of East Lake.

Péralte Paul (Editor) April 04, 2012 at 11:40 AM
What do you think is the biggest traffic concern on Memorial between Candler Road and Moreland Avenue? Is it the reversible lane? Speeders? Light sequencing?
Greg Wilkinson April 04, 2012 at 12:23 PM
I drive that stretch of road almost daily and I would have to say it's the intersections at Howard and Memorial. There are 2, one on the north side and one on the south side. Both are highly used with people making left turns onto Memorial. Both should be looked at for a possible solution. Not a huge fan of reversible lanes but understand the concept. Memorial drive in the section seems to go from a reversible lane, to a standard 4 lane road, and then to a 2 lane road and back to a 4 lane road which can make it confusing for some drivers that don't know this.
Péralte Paul (Editor) April 04, 2012 at 01:01 PM
That Howard/Memorial intersection is really bad, I agree. Every time I have to make a turn from Howard or So. Howard onto Memorial in either direction, I think what a dangerous intersection that is.
Space Ship April 04, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Right in front of the Advanced Auto Parts, just east of Moreland, where the reversible lane ends (or does it?) - is a huge merge issue. Traffic signal timing at the Moreland/Memorial intersection is pathetic, the lack of a dedicated turn lane for the east-to-north movement is eternally frustrating. In the opposite direction, it's the reverse. You don't have good signage for the beginning of the reversible lane, and one never knows when the signal will be green or red to use it - which makes me feel more comfortable just avoiding it altogether. Hard to imagine there is a school on the west side of Moreland with young children being picked up in combination with all this lane use confusion - seems incredibly dangerous. What's more, traffic on Moreland where it intersects Memorial, particularly on the weekends, is a complete parking lot - due to the popularity of the Edgewood retail district as well as other destinations north such as L5P and VA Highlands, etc. This makes traveling e/w on Memorial even more of a nightmare. The reversible lanes need to go, dedicated turn lanes need to be incorporated, signal timing needs to be readjusted not just on Memorial but Hosea Williams could stand some big improvements while they're at it. I've never been on Hosea driving towards Kirkwood where I haven't had to stop at just about every red light - horrible for the environment to sit and idle like that. Feel bad for all the bikers who have to suck down all those fumes - but I digress.
Debbie Gathmann April 05, 2012 at 12:55 PM
I drive a school bus that has to travel through the Moreland/Memorial intersection daily and it is the most frustrating part of the trip. The light doesn't clear the intersection, generally, and sometimes I've sat through the light three times coming on Memorial in front of the liquor store. Also, it's extremely dangerous when Tech High lets out because students are standing all over the intersection waiting for their MARTA connection. Weirdly, in the spring and fall, the guys required to do community service are also collecting money from drivers sitting at the lights. All this adds up to a mess. We see a wreck from our Moreland school about once a week.
Space Ship April 06, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Debbie - the "money collectors" know they have a captive audience, since people will be stuck at the light for 3 - 4 traffic signal cycles. ;-)
Chris Murphy April 07, 2012 at 12:33 PM
"Community service" is actually making people act illegally (roadside/in road) solicitation???
Patch May 11, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Memorial needs a dedicated left turn lane to Boulevard. This always backs up traffic.
Space Ship May 11, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Here, here. But not in scope of this study.

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