Clarkston, GA — Clarkston has completed the installation of four new MARTA bus shelters as part of its multimillion dollar streetscape project.
Larry Kaiser with the city’s engineering firm CIS called the streetcape project a game changer for the city. The project has been more than a decade in the making. The city became eligible to receive public funds through the Atlanta Regional Commission back in 2006. In 2011, Clarkston City Council gave staff permission to find matching funds for the project and it broke ground in 2018.
According to the city, the total cost of the project is $7.1 million. The project’s scope includes East Ponce de Leon from the I-285 interchange down to Market Street; Market Street from North Indian Creek to Rowland Street; Rowland Street to Norman Road; and Norman Road to the city limits (Milam Park). Improvements to the city’s infrastructure include wider sidewalks, repaving streets, landscaping, street lighting, a pedestrian bridge, placing utilities underground on Market Street, new stormwater infrastructure and the aforementioned bus shelters.
Kaiser said when the project began there were two existing bus shelters, but city leaders decided there should be more.
“We sat down and strategized and said this is a very diverse community, let’s do something that fits in with the community,” Kaiser said.
The bus shelters includes a welcome message and promises freedom from want and fear, freedom of speech and freedom of worship. The shelters contain messages in nine different languages on both sides of the shelters, Kaiser said.
The buses are located at North Indian Creek Drive at Market Street; Market Street and East Ponce de Leon Avenue; North Indian Creek Drive at East Ponce de Leon Avenue; and one on East Ponce de Leon Avenue near I-285.
While MARTA wasn’t involved in constructing the shelters, the city gave them a key, so the Transit Authority could use the shelters to post bus routes and other information.
“The city has complete control maintenance and responsibilities for the bus shelters,” Kaiser said.
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