Planning and zoning wants to improve Riverside Drive, making it safer

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Macon-Bibb’s Planning and Zoning wants to make Riverside Drive safer for the community. A meeting was held Wednesday morning to get suggestions from the public, as well as show layouts of plans.

Rachel Hollar bikes pretty much anywhere. She attended Wednesday’s meeting in hope that Planning and Zoning will come up with a plan.

“I know that one in 3 people in Macon-Bibb County don’t have a driver’s license,” said Hollar.

Biking and walking gets complicated, especially on Riverside Drive.

“Safety is the number one challenge I think that keeps people from biking and walking on Riverside Drive,” said Hollar. “There’s a Kroger not very far from Riverside Drive so if I have to go to the grocery store, or anybody has to go to the grocery store, you’re crossing several lanes of traffic.”

“It’s relatively unsafe place for pedestrians to be crossing near Spring Street, it’s very wide a lot of pavement,” said Brad Belo with Planning and Zoning. “A lot of lanes, fast traffic.”

Planning and Zoning was given a $85,000 Downtown Challenge grant to look into coming up with plans and solutions for the busy road.

“The idea is that we could put a median down the middle and what that does is kind of shrink the roadway,” said Belo.

Belo, with the help of GDOT and Stantec, came up with three different ideas to make Riverside Drive safer. As well as making the road appealing.

“Also recognizing that it’s a gateway,” said Belo. “Thousands of people travel through here. They come off 16 and this is what they see of Macon.”

Adding medians, widening sidewalks, and revitalizing the area, are all ideas. Nothing is final. Planning and Zoning will have to come up with a final plan and get the community talking. Then they will have to figure out how to fund the project.

“This project is very important to me,” said Hollar. “I know it’s going to provide that separate space where I don’t feel like I’m having to compete with traffic and getting hit by a car.”

Hollar is hopeful improvements will be made.

Belo says the project will cost about $10 million.

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