Tree Replacement Suggestions
On December 3, NBCA sent out an email asking for suggested tree planting sites in the city right-of-way or other city property. In addition to several previous suggestions to plant trees at the site of the new school at 4141 Wieuca Road and perhaps at Chastain Park we got 4 recommendations. All are on public property (2 city right-of-way, 1 city park, 1 GDOT right-of-way). See this document for details. NBCA has taken no position on these suggestions.
Public Works Construction Plans
The following diagrams were provided by the City of Atlanta Department of Public Works on November 12, 2009.
SIDEWALK SHEET 1.pdf Loridans to 4276 Wieuca
SIDEWALK SHEET 2.pdf 4276 Wieuca to 4212 (Lakemoore)
SIDEWALK SHEET 3.pdf Lakemoore 4187 Wieuca to 4097 Wieuca (almost to Ivy)
SIDEWALK SHEET 4.pdf 4090 Wieuca (Ivy) to 4004 Wieuca (Statewood)
SIDEWALK SHEET 5.pdf 4002 Wieuca (Statewood) to 3951 Wieuca (North Ivy)
Wieuca Road Recommendations
Letter to City of Atlanta - NBCA Recommendations for Wieuca Road, 10/07/09 - 2 pages - .06 MB PDF
Exhibit A - NBCA Traffic Committee Student Pedestrian Analysis, 8/28/09 - 14 pages - 8.8 MB PDF
Exhibit B - NBCA Wieuca Road Survey, 9/27/09 - 130 pages - 2.6 MB PDF
Exhibit C - NBCA Recommendations for Wieuca Road, 10/7/09 - 16 pages - .6 MB PDF
October 7, 2009
City Council, District 7
55 Trinity Ave SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Commissioner of Public Works
55 Trinity Ave SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
The new Sarah Smith School campus on Wieuca Road will be a significant addition to our community. The placement of the school on such a heavily traveled road with its attendant danger to students and staff is of concern. We are reaching out to the proper authorities to guarantee that the needed safety measures be implemented promptly.
This letter provides information about the student population potentially walking to the new school campus, about neighborhood sentiments regarding the desirability of various types of infrastructure improvements, and recommends a set of changes this association believes are necessary to provide a safe environment for school students, residents and drivers who use area streets.
In this report we identify 29 areas requiring action, almost all of which must be accomplished promptly.
· TRAFFIC SIGNALS AND ALL-WAY STOPS – 4 intersections require action
· SPEED LIMITS AND SPEED ENFORCEMENT – 2 streets require action
· SIDEWALKS – 11 areas of action required
· CROSSWALKS – 9 crosswalks at 8 intersections require action
· SIGNAGE AND OTHER – 3 areas of action are required
The following is a list of exhibits to this letter with a brief comment about their purpose.
This document identifies the student population living within one mile of the school and contains maps showing their walking path to the school under several different scenarios.
This 130-page report analyzes 336 resident responses to survey questions about Wieuca Road. The report documents substantial neighborhood support for a number of improvements along the road needed to provide safe use of the new school campus.
The NBCA board has defined the specific nature of the improvements we think necessary, consistent with and supporting exhibits A and B.
This association believes that improvements along Wieuca Road must be accomplished in phases.
PHASE 1. Initial changes needed for safe access to the school. In particular, this plan should identify a safe and affordable plan for the student population identified in EXHIBIT A.
PHASE 2. Determine the impact of these changes in the spring of 2010.
PHASE 3. Recommend and implement additional follow-on improvements for Wieuca Road.
With the scheduled school opening breathing down our necks, NBCA urges the City to embrace these findings and recommendations so that they become a blueprint around which we can all rally, and to implement them with dispatch. NBCA stands ready to support this critical effort.
Again, the issues are the safety of our children and the residential character of our neighborhood.
[Original signed by]
President, North Buckhead Civic Association
cc: Mayor Shirley Franklin
Note: Referenced exhibits are available on-line at www.nbca.org/Wieuca_Survey.
Wieuca Road Survey
September 27, 2009
This page is about the opinion survey conducted by NBCA On September 19-22, 2009 about proposed changes on Wieuca Road related to the opening of the new Sarah Smith campus and to traffic calming on Wieuca Road. The report is provided in segments since the entire report is quite long.
September 27, 2009
As you know, the Atlanta Public Schools is building another campus for Sarah Smith Elementary at 4141 Wieuca Road. The building is nearing completion. In order to make the school accessible, the City of Atlanta must make changes on the city streets and rights of way. A plan is being developed so that students can reach the school and get back home and do so in a safe manner. Since speeding on Wieuca Road has been a constant concern to many Wieuca Road residents and will likely be a concern for the new population of students and parents at the new campus, the plan must address those concerns, too.
The city traffic and sidewalk planners in Public Works need to understand what the neighborhood’s feelings are about potential solutions. Accordingly, this association set out to gather information about community sentiments on a number of questions related to how students should get to school and back home. Related information about the entire Wieuca Road corridor was also sought. The result is this report about response to our web-based survey conducted on September 19-22.
Please read the Executive Summary to see exactly what data were collected and consult the Table of Contents to see how the reminder of the report is organized. For those who are in a hurry, these are some highlights:
The report’s Narrative Comments section includes every comment and “other” answer provided by the survey respondents. All respondent names have been removed and replaced by codes (response numbers, street names and NBCA membership status). While reading this section, if a few comments seem insensitive, remember that people sometimes offer stronger opinions on-line and via email than they do in face-to-face settings.
Thanks so much to all the participants who made this report possible. It is a credit to their sense of community that 336 neighbors took the time to answer our 18 question survey and to offer copious comments.
I would also like to thank NBCA’s Board for their support and especially thank Robert Sarkissian, NBCA’s Traffic Chair. Robert has worked tirelessly since 2000, sometimes without the assistance of other volunteers, to make North Buckhead traffic as tolerable as possible. He has also written informative articles in our North Buckhead Newsletter (see Reference Documents) about traffic and the issues the new school campus brings to the neighborhood.
I would also like to thank the many concerned neighbors who have sent their emails and attended our board meetings to share their concerns about the new school and Wieuca. Their thoughts helped shape the questions we asked.
And, finally I want to thank our government officials who are helping on this over all Wieuca effort. They are too numerous to list except for a few:
We hope the city will be able to use this report and the information they have collected to develop and implement the best possible solutions for Wieuca Road, given the engineering, schedule and funding realities.
If you have any comments or questions about this survey, please send them to NorthBuckhead@yahoo.com or NBCA, PO Box 420391, Atlanta, GA 30342.
Gordon Certain - NBCA President
Report Table of Contents (all links are to PDF documents)
Cover and Table of Contents 2 pages
Overview Letter (available immediately above) 2 pages
Executive Summary 16 pages
Survey Response Rates And Demographic Information 11 pages
Respondents’ Narrative Comments 84 pages
Methodology and Disclaimers 2 pages
Reference Documents 11 pages
Entire Report Document 130 pages (2.5 MB)