James Brown Boulevard to see streetscape improvements

The city of Augusta and the Downtown Development Authority have joined for a streetscape project on James Brown Boulevard from Laney-Walker Boulevard to Reynolds Street, according to the authority’s executive director, Margaret Woodard.


The project will be similar to the improvements on 10th Street between Broad and Ellis streets, which includes new sidewalks, brick ramps and trees.

The James Brown Boule­vard streetscape will also include some railroad improvements.

Because the majority of the improvements are not on the street, Woodard does not expect the work to affect traffic.

The project, which is estimated to cost $1.3 million, will be funded by three transportation enhancement grants from the Georgia Department of Transportation and matching money from the city.

Woodard said she expects the project to begin this summer and to be completed in one year.

“Ninth Street has really become a gateway to downtown,” Woodard said. “It’s going to be really pretty.”


Streetscaping is the improvement of street and sidewalk conditions by adding street furniture and landscaping, improving building fronts and sidewalks, adding signs and improving traffic management.