Chase Street changes considered: single-lane roundabouts, multi-use path

The Athens-Clarke County government is seeking public input on preliminary plans to add single-lane roundabouts at the intersection of N. Chase Street with the SR-10 loop. They are also considering a multi-use path along Chase Street and other improvements.

The purpose of the project, according to the local government, is to “improve peak hour congestion at the SR-10 Loop intersection with Chase Street while enhancing bike and pedestrian infrastructure.” With these changes, they hope to “provide low-stress, safe, and comfortable facilities for all users.”

Proposed Chase Street improvements
Near the loop interchange, N. Chase Street will have two single-lane roundabouts which the local government hopes will improve both safety and traffic congestion.

You can see more of the preliminary plans and give public input here. There will be additional opportunities for input when the project comes before the mayor and commission for consideration.

A list of the improvements from the ACC website:

  • ADA-Accessible sidewalks on both sides of Chase Street between Newton Bridge Parkway and Oneta Street, connecting pedestrian traffic between Newton Bridge Parkway to Chase Street Elementary School and beyond.
  • A single-lane roundabout at the Oneta Street intersection with Chase Street to accommodate all turning movements from the heavy truck traffic.
  • Two single-lane roundabout interchanges at the SR10 Loop interchange with Chase Street 
  • Pedestrian improvements at the Chase Street and Barber Street / Newton Bridge Parkway Intersection to connect the Chase Street sidewalks to the planned Barber Street multiuse path.
  • Raised curbs over the existing railroad bridge to calm traffic speeds
  • Conversion of the westbound Rowe Road approach to a right-in / right-out movement with truck aprons to calm vehicular traffic and accommodate larger truck traffic.

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