Agenda Item # 2

Columbus Consolidated Government
Council Meeting

February 13, 2018

Agenda Report # 72

TO: Mayor and Councilors

SUBJECT: Request to GDOT-Spur 22 Resurfacing Resolution

INITIATED BY: City Manager’s Office


Recommendation: Approval is requested to adopt a resolution which recommends to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) a different striping configuration on 13th Street from 5th Avenue to 13th Avenue as part of the resurfacing project of Spur 22.

Background: Spur 22 is a state route and maintained by the GDOT. As part of the maintenance program for GDOT, Spur 22 will be resurfaced from I-185 to Veterans Parkway. A section of Spur 22 on 13th Street from 5th Avenue to 13th Avenue is a major connector between Uptown and Midtown. The current configuration of 13th Street from 5th Avenue to 10th Avenue is 7 lanes (6 travel lanes and one center turn lane) and from 10th Avenue to 13th Avenue is 5 lanes (4 travel lanes and 1 center turn lane). The current volume of this section is 20,000 +/- cars per day. The current traffic demand averaged less than 700 vehicles per hour and the capacity of one lane is 900-1,000 vehicles per hour. The properties along 13th Street from 10th Avenue to 13th Avenue are vacant and underutilized with a 61% rate. The addition of parking and slower traffic will aid in the revitalization of the underutilized section of 13th Street.

Analysis: In May 2017, GDOT and the city performed a test to determine the impact of reducing the lanes on the section of 13th Street in partnership with Midtown Inc. This test was performed at no cost to the city. The results of the test indicated minimal travel time impact.

Financial Considerations: No cost to the city. This resolution does not guarantee any future commitment of the city for additional streetscaping.

Legal Considerations: Council’s concurrence to the striping configuration is requested by GDOT.

Recommendation: Approval is requested to adopt a resolution which recommends to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) a different striping configuration on 13th Street from 5th Avenue to 13th Avenue as part of the resurfacing project of Spur 22.



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A RESOLUTION
NO. _____

A RESOLUTION TO RECOMMEND TO GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (GDOT) A DIFFERENT STRIPING CONFIGURATION ON 13TH STREET FROM 5TH AVENUE TO 13TH AVENUE. WHEREAS, Spur 22 is a state route and maintained by GDOT; and, WHEREAS, GDOT will be resurfacing Spur 22 which includes the section of 13th Street from 13th Avenue to 5th Avenue; and, WHEREAS, this section of Spur 22 is a major connector between two vibrant sections of Columbus, Uptown and Midtown; and, WHEREAS, the City desires to change the striping configuration on this section of Spur 22 to provide for a safer and more comfortable pedestrian connection and crossing, and to allow for the economic revitalization of this underutilized commercial section of 13th Street. NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

That the City Manager is hereby authorized to notify GDOT of the city’s concurrence to stripe 13th Street from 5th Avenue to 10th Avenue to 4 lanes with a center turn lane and from 10the Avenue to 13th Avenue to 2 lanes with a center turn lanes and parking on both sides (as attached).
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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia, held the _________ day of _____________, 2018 and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ____________members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting __________.
Councilor Baker voting __________.
Councilor Barnes voting __________.
Councilor Davis voting __________.
Councilor Garrett voting __________.
Councilor Henderson voting __________.
Councilor Huff voting __________.
Councilor Thomas voting __________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting __________.
Councilor Woodson voting __________.



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Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor