So many accidents have been occurring on Peachtree Road in Buckhead that a special task force was put together, the Peachtree Road Task Force. The number of sideswipe accidents has almost doubled in two years. This has forced the creation of the task force which will be investigating many factors, one of which is the width of the lanes.
“Basically we are presenting some of the safety data over the last couple of years that show Peachtree Road is far above the statewide average on the number of crashes,” explained Joshuah Mello, Atlanta’s assistant director of transportation planning.
Between 2010 and 2012 sideswipe accidents have increased from 64 to 113, and rear-end accidents have increased from 78 to 129. Those are some alarming numbers. The Peachtree Road Task Force has found that one possible reason for the increase in sideswipe accidents may be attributed to how narrow the lanes are. The Georgia Department of Transportation reports that the width of a typical lane on an urban arterial road should be about 10 to 12 feet wide. When measured it was discovered that the width of Peachtree’s lanes are about 9 feet. Quite a difference.
The executive director of the Buckhead Community Improvement District, Jim Durrett, is part of the Peachtree Road Task Force and is tasked with creating a new vision for Atlanta’s iconic road.
“It’s important to think about crating safe opportunities to ride bikes, to walk on sidewalks as well as to drive cars,” Durrett said. Construction will start this summer on the four phase improvement project.
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