DUNWOODY, Ga. — The City of Dunwoody and Perimeter Community Improvement Districts have completed work on a new signalized, mid-block crosswalk on Hammond Drive to improve pedestrian safety and walkability in the area.
“This will be an important addition as we begin to emerge from the current COVID-19 crisis,” Dunwoody Mayor Lynn Deutsch said. “The area is quiet now, but this crosswalk is ready to go when vehicular and pedestrian traffic begin to pick up.”
The Hammond mid-block crosswalk project was identified by the city and the PCIDs to improve safety on a busy thoroughfare where pedestrian traffic is growing. The addition of new high-rise office buildings and the proximity to MARTA’s Dunwoody station and Perimeter Mall made this area a priority.
The crosswalk is located on Hammond Drive between State Farm’s Park Center campus on the south side and the new Twelve24 building and Perimeter Mall on the north side. The crosswalk includes a pedestrian refuge island in the median and a traffic signal that gives a red light to drivers when a pedestrian pushes the button to cross Hammond Drive.
“The Hammond mid-block project is a welcome addition to the changing landscape immediately surrounding Perimeter Mall,” said Perimeter Mall Senior General Manager Bill Baker. “It’s a gateway of sorts supporting a more walkable mindset for the area immediately surrounding MARTA’s Dunwoody Station.”
The project drew from federal funds administered by MARTA to cover 80 percent of construction costs. The PCIDs paid the remaining portion of construction costs and all engineering costs. The total cost of the project was $490,000.
“The PCIDs is thrilled to have great partners in the City of Dunwoody and MARTA,” said PCIDs Executive Director Ann Hanlon. “This project will provide a safe crossing for pedestrians in an area of Perimeter that is quickly transforming into a transit-oriented entertainment hub.”