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Frequently Asked Questions about the Emory Village Roundabout and Streetscape Construction Project (Updated 09-6-10)

. What is the Emory Village roundabout and street construction project?
The $2.1 million project is part of a DeKalb County plan for street and traffic improvements that will improve traffic flow through the Village, aesthetics in the Village, as well as pedestrian safety. When the project is complete during the summer of 2011, the roundabout will provide a scenic centerpiece for the heart of the Village. The ‘road diet’ on North Decatur Road through the Village will allow for one lane of through traffic in each direction, center turn lanes, bike lanes, improved pedestrian access, sidewalks, and more than 50 new trees. These improvements will not only be scenic, but will also moderate traffic flow through the Village and support it as a community gathering spot. A small piazza park is also planned.

Who will do the roundabout and streetscape work?
DeKalb County has contracted the work with Lewallen Construction Company of Marietta. PBS&J has been hired by DeKalb County to oversee the project.

What will be the work hours? Will there be the opportunity for night work?
The contractor will be allowed to work at any time, including nights, while abiding by applicable noise ordinances. The contractor will not be allowed to close lanes between the hours of 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Monday through Friday. There are no restrictions on lane closures during the weekend.

Where will the contractor park the labor force? How will they get to the project site?
The labor force will be required to park at an area away from the job site. Only essential work vehicles will be allowed on site, and those vehicles will be managed such that access and private parking will not be obstructed.

There has been discussion that the contractor will have to close South Oxford at North Decatur for a period of time. What are the plans to deal with traffic circulation during this phase?
The intersection of South Oxford Road at North Decatur Road is scheduled to be closed for a maximum of 60 days. The current schedule is for this closure to take place in the first part of 2011. A vehicular detour plan has been developed. AIEV will post this plan on its site at

When will South Oxford be closed during the road project? Will pedestrian access from North Decatur and Clifton roads to South Oxford be available during this period?
The South Oxford Road closure is scheduled to take place in the first part of 2011. A pedestrian access plan has been developed to continue safe access at all times during this road closure.

How will pedestrians safely get through the construction and eventually the roundabout?
The construction firm is very attentive to pedestrian safety. There will be well marked temporary pathways for pedestrians to follow during construction. When completed, there will be well marked permanent pathways (denoted by different paving materials) for pedestrians to follow in crossing through the roundabout. The distances pedestrians will have to travel will be far less with the roundabout configuration than current conditions. You can get a visual image of what this will eventually look by clicking here to see some schematics for various phases of the roundabout construction. The tan shaded areas in Stage 4 drawing shows pedestrian pathways.  

Can the contractor schedule a no-work day for Commencement 2011?
The contractor will certainly work around unique, high-volume traffic days such as Commencement.

Concerns have been expressed about storm water drainage controls during the construction and what happens after project completion.
The project includes upgrades to the on-street drainage system and should improve the drainage from existing conditions. 9. Will provisions be made for pedestrian traffic during the construction? Safety is a primary concern with the project. The County, in cooperation with the contractor, has developed detailed plans to maintain safe pedestrian access at all times during the project.

When will westbound cars on N. Decatur Road be able to turn left onto Clifton Road southbound (if a detour is needed to by-pass S. Oxford Road when it is closed)?
DeKalb County Transportation staff is considering making this movement available to mitigate traffic congestion during construction.

Is there a penalty for delays in construction completion?
The contract duration is 10 months, and the contract includes penalties for failure to complete the project within this time frame.

During construction can plans be made to allow for bicycle traffic to continue where feasible?
Vehicular traffic will be open at all times during construction with the exception of the temporary closure of South Oxford Road. Bicycle traffic will be allowed to continue with normal vehicular flow. Bicyclists are cautioned to use extreme caution within a construction work zone where pavement cuts, patches and steel plates will be present.

Will the roads be cleaned during construction to minimize dust and debris?
This is a requirement of construction. However, dust or debris will be minimized but not eliminated. Bicyclists and pedestrians should use extreme caution when traveling through any roadway construction.

Where can the community learn more about this project?
The AIEV website: will be updated frequently with construction progress. To sign up to receive AIEV electronic alerts with construction updates, send us an e-mail with your full name and e-mail address to

If there is a problem, who should be notified?
As with any construction project, workers, vehicles and heavy equipment will be required, but every effort will be made to minimize disruption. If a problem does occur, please notify the following:

Scott Turnbull - Lewallen Construction Company 770-361-0233
Gordon Carter - Lewallen Construction Company 770-547-3400
Chuck Thompson - Lewallen Construction Company 770-550-5757
Luigi Hernandez - Lewallen Construction Company 678-447-4435
T. Antroy Singleton - PBS&J - 404-276-4364
Dwane E. Cheatom - Skyline 404-308-0309
Monty Rawls - DeKalb County - 770-492-5243


Frequently Asked Questions about Village Needs

Why does Emory Village need revitalizing?
The Village has the potential to be a vibrant commercial center located in DeKalb County, near Decatur, and adjacent to Emory University and Druid Hills, a historic residential neighborhood of great beauty.

But the Village's commercial area clearly is not as attractive or alive as it should be. Patrons need to be able to safely walk, bike or drive and park in the Village. Pedestrian and bicycle access should be improved. Businesses face limited growth due to a lack of apartments/condos within walking distance, as well as chronic parking shortages.

What are the physical boundaries of the Village as defined by the AIEV zoning overlay?
The zoning overlay runs from Peavine Creek (Panera Bread) up N. Decatur Rd. to the Bank of America property and from the now-closed nursing home on S. Oxford Road to the Georgia Power substation on N. Oxford Road.

Overall, there are just 11.4 acres of land in Emory Village. Three acres are in public-right-of-way. Two acres are in floodplain and cannot be built on. The remaining 6.4 acres include historic structures on four properties, which can only be modified for a few uses: a restaurant, or a bed and breakfast, for instance.

Therefore new development can occur on just five to six acres, which translates into 45% - 54% of the total land within the Village.

What are the basics of AIEV's overall revitalization plan?
AIEV has been working for almost a decade - with wide-ranging input from residents, business/property owners, Emory University and urban planners - to develop the best possible approach to Village revitalization.

Consequently, the master plan includes a strong effort to conserve the Village's existing historic structures and to reclaim the waterways and green spaces that help give character to the Village environment. AIEV has embraced other goals as well, including new, affordable housing in the Village; rational traffic and parking plans; and a commercially successful sidewalk shopping environment.

What will the revitalized Village look like under AIEV's plan?
Please be aware of this crucial fact: AIEV itself is not undertaking any changes to the Village - that is up to DeKalb County, the Georgia Department of Transportation, and property owners working with private developers.

However, following the unanimous approval by the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners in May 2007, our zoning overlay plan and design guidelines set forth strict, legally-enforceable parameters for all facets of the Village's revitalization.

No one can be certain what the improved Village will look like. Zoning is only a guide; it is never a site plan. Zoning relating to private property allows development, but it doesn't cause development. That's up to the affected property owners.

AIEV has an artist's rendition of one way the Village might look in the future.

What does the AIEV zoning overlay allow that past Village zoning did not allow?
The new zoning allows for primarily housing, as well as office/professional spaces. The overlay also eliminates undesirable uses, such as drive-thru restaurants, fraternity houses, animal hospitals, and personal care homes. The Village's current gas station can remain, but it cannot be part of the redevelopment of its site, as the overlay does not permit new gas stations.

When are changes in the Village going to begin?
The first major traffic change - a large roundabout that will replace the Village's main intersection - will begin after DeKalb County relocates the existing 1910 water line running under N. Decatur Rd. The overhead utility wiring must also be buried before any new construction can begin.

The roundabout in Emory Village will improve traffic flow through the Village, and provide a scenic centerpiece in the heart of the Village. In addition to the roundabout, DeKalb County is also adding a 'road diet' on North Decatur Road through the Village. This will allow for one lane of through traffic in each direction, center turn lanes, bike lanes, improved pedestrian access and sidewalks. These improvements will not only be scenic, but will also moderate traffic flow through the Village, and support it as a 'village' community gathering spot.

The roundabout and other streetscape improvements are scheduled to begin in 2009. AIEV will provide updates on the roundabout and 'road diet' on its Village Plans page.


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