Streetcar construction to impact traffic on Luckie Street
ATLANTA -- Construction on the Atlanta Streetcar project is advancing to Luckie Street and Centennial Olympic Park Boulevard. Beginning this morning, lane closures will be in effect as crews begin to mill the asphalt in preparation for track installation.
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That means the focus of the project's construction is moving away from the Edgewood Avenue area.
"It's been much better since construction is off of our block," said Bobbie Robinson, the co-owner of Harold's Chicken and Ice Bar on Edgewood Avenue. "It basically killed our business for at least 3-4 months."
Robinson said Luckie Street businesses need to "save their money" and "weather the storm," because the project will be worth it when it's all over.
City officials are warning drivers that this project will have a "significant impact" on traffic for the next few weeks.
During construction all pedestrian access to businesses and residences will be maintained.
That's what made Debesay Sium of the Downtown Deli happy. He said they get more pedestrian traffic from nearby tourist attractions than they do on Edgewood Avenue.
"They promised they are not going to close the sidewalk, so we'll be ok," Sium said.
When completed next Spring, Phase I of the Streetcar Project will encompass a 2.7 loop stretching from Centennial Olympic Park to the Martin Luther King Jr. Historical Site.
"Every time we have progress you're going to have some disruption," said Mayor Kasim Reed. "I think that project is about the future. People are going to like it, and people are going to use it."