A second set of designs is ready for Greene, Telfair and Fifth streets in Augusta’s estimated $83 million downtown streetscape overhaul.
Consultants will present the preliminary concept plans later this month at a third round of public input sessions on the construction project, and the city will soon release plan drawings to the public, according to city spokesman Jim Beasley.
Concept plans released in November for Broad, 13th and Sixth streets and James Brown Boulevard revealed a radically altered streetscape that eliminated sunken parking wells on Broad, beautified the railroad line through Sixth and installed gateway features such as an arch.
The plans break downtown Augusta into five areas: the Augusta Canal, the Broad Street “promenade,” the health and learning district, the Laney-Walker African-American district and an “architectural treasures” district centered on Greene and Telfair streets.
The plans are the work of Cooper Carry – an Atlanta landscape architecture firm hired for the project after Augusta voters passed the Transportation Investment Act, a 1 percent sales tax for transportation projects – and several subconsultants. The downtown project is included in Band 3 of the 10-year tax and is set for funding in 2020-2022.
Planners will discuss concepts such as parking, bicycle and pedestrian safety, and lighting at the input sessions, to be held Jan. 24 at Julian Smith Barbecue Pit, 4 Milledge Road, and Jan. 25 at the Beazley Room in the Augusta-Richmond County Municipal Building, 535 Telfair St. Both meetings start at 6 p.m.
The consultants also will present the plan at the 600 Broad St. building from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on those two days.
After the third and final round of city-sponsored input meetings, consultants are expected to present a preliminary report to the city Engineering Services committee and the Augusta Commission in March, Beasley said.
If approved, the plans will be completed and sent to the Georgia Department of Transportation, probably in April, Beasley said.