Clayton Street Improvements
Preliminary Plans Approved - Pre-Dig Begins Monday, June 18
The preliminary plans for the Clayton Street improvements was approved by the Mayor and Commission at the Tuesday, June 5 Regular Session.
- The pre-dig phase for stormwater improvements begins Monday, June 18 on the South Side of Clayton Street between North Lumpkin Street and College Avenue.
- Crews will work on one side of each block at a time, block by block
- Work days are Monday - Thursday, 6:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- The work zone will be up to ~200' in one lane and parking spaces.
- Lane closures and parking space closures (10-15) will take place during the work days, although they will be opened up after Thursdays.
- The full pre-dig for all three blocks is expected to end by November 2018.
Public input is still being planned for the streetscape portion of the work (the above ground items: benches, lights, planters, public art, etc.), which has not been finalized. Stay tuned for more information on public input opportunities.
Prior to the pre-dig beginning, staff will visit with businesses in the area to provide additional information and answer questions.
Block-by-block PDF maps by side of the street and timelines are available through the documents below.
The Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission approved the Clayton Street area project concept at their Regular Voting Session on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 and the preliminary design at their Regular Voting Session on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 for Clayton Street from Thomas Street to North Lumpkin Street. Wall Street and North Jackson Street from East Broad Street to Washington Street are considered part of the overall project that will be considered during the design planning.
At this meeting, the Mayor & Commission:
- approved the proposed project concept elements for Clayton Street Infrastructure & Transportation Improvements that were included in the agenda item attachment;
- approved the project as appropriate for including public art as per Athens-Clarke County policy and requested by the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission;
- authorized staff to advance the stormwater and other underground infrastructure of the project to be built by Athens-Clarke County Transportation and Public Works staff to the construction phase;
- and authorized staff to begin the preliminary plans design phase and to begin taking public input on the preliminary design.
Phase 1 of the project was completed in 2014 by the ACC Public Utilities Department and included improving water and sewer infrastructure in this area downtown.
Phase 2 of the project is designed to install and improve stormwater facilities and other infrastructure, as well as the streetscape on the East Clayton Street area between Thomas Street and Lumpkin Street.
Phase 2 project work will include:
- pavement/sidewalk removal
- tree replacement
- storm drain installation
- pedestrian lighting installation
- pavement/sidewalk replacement,
- installation of streetscape amenities such as benches, bike racks and planters.
Originally funded through Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funds, the project originally included improvements to the area around City Hall. Phase 2 was put on hold in fall 2015 due to the sole project bid coming in at nearly twice the budgeted amount for the project after the previous bid opportunity received no responses in 2014.
Since 2015, plans were changed to reduce costs by eliminating the City Hall area of the project, leaving only the Clayton Street area, and planning for ACC Transportation and Public Works to obtain the needed equipment and crews to undertake the stormwater and other underground infrastructure internally, thus reducing the cost and risk.
On November 7, 2017, voters in Athens-Clarke County approved the Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) program. One of the projects in this program added funding to the original SPLOST funds for the Clayton Street area project, which has enabled the project to move forward in early 2018 into the planning stage and, beginning on June 18, 2018, the construction stage.
The removal of multi-space parking meters and replacement with single space meters in this area was a part of the project that has already been accomplished.