Streetscape project will revamp Clifton Road

By late summer 2017, Clifton Road will be a wide, tree-lined corridor welcoming students, faculty, staff, patients and other visitors to Emory University and Emory Healthcare facilities through the Clifton Streetscape project, an Emory funded project to improve access, safety and aesthetics along Clifton Road.

The extensive construction effort centers on Clifton Road from North Decatur Road to Haygood Drive/Eagle Row. It will include widening of the road and sidewalks, repaving of Clifton Road, new landscaping and new access points to the Clifton corridor.

A new pedestrian bridge over Clifton Road to connect Emory University Hospital's new J wing to the existing hospital, replacing the current bridge.

Completion of the Clifton Streetscape will coincide with the summer 2017 opening of the new hospital wing.

The Clifton Streetscape project will make travel to Emory facilities both more efficient and more enjoyable, with improvements for vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians.

An almost half-mile segment of Clifton Road will be resurfaced and widened, and a bike lane will be added along the east side. A "sharrow," or shared bike-vehicular lane, will remain on the west side of Clifton Road.

Sidewalks will be widened to eight feet, with the addition of a five-foot planted strip along the curb, and trees and other plantings will be added to new medians. Streetlights similar to those at Emory Village and Emory Point will be installed as well.

A new right-turn lane will be added at Clifton and North Decatur roads for westbound traffic headed toward Emory Village.

A new traffic light and ingress/egress lanes also will be added at Healthgate Drive and North Decatur, where there is currently a gated, limited access entry near the North Decatur Building. This access point will be for use primarily by Emory University and Emory Healthcare faculty and staff who are accessing the parking decks along Gambrell Drive and is not intended for patients or through traffic.

These and other changes will help calm traffic; improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers; and generally improve traffic flow for all those who travel Clifton Road each day.   The Clifton Streetscape is consistent with urban design guidelines developed with Emory and the community several years ago by the Boston-based urban design firm Goody Clancy to provide a framework for more vibrant public areas on Clifton Road.   For more information visit the website.