Bells Ferry Road LCI Study

Welcome to the Bells Ferry Road LCI Study!

The Bells Ferry Road Operational Study will identify opportunities to improve efficiency and safety for all modes of transportation along Bells Ferry Road located between Chastain Road/New Chastain Road and Barrett Parkway/Piedmont Road. The study aims to support the Town Center Community Improvement District’s vision for the area and to improve the overall quality of life of residents who live nearby. A focus will be on safe access for all roadway users as well as supporting local land uses and the unique natural context set by Noonday Creek.

This robust study will be grounded in traffic, safety, and environmental analyses and with preferences advanced by stakeholder and community guidance. Study products will include a conceptual plan for corridor operational improvements, visualizations of the improved corridor, and a final document with recommendations and essential implementation steps, including a 100-day action plan.

Town Center CID Bells Ferry Operational Study
Town Center CID Bells Ferry Operational Study
Town Center CID Bells Ferry Operational Study
Town Center CID Bells Ferry Operational Study

This study is being carried out as a part of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) Program, which seeks to help communities re-envision themselves as vibrant, walkable places that offer increased mobility options, encourage healthy lifestyles, and provide improved access to jobs and services. Project goals include encouraging a diverse mix of uses, providing access to a range of travel modes, and fostering public-private partnership and sustained community support through robust outreach and engagement.

About the Study

Study Background

In 2017, the Town Center Community Improvement District (TCCID) completed an update to its master plan that identified multiple roadways for corridor studies, including Bells Ferr Road. The intent of each of these studies is to assist the TCCID in analyzing existing conditions, surrounding growth trends, greenspace, and traffic patterns, and determining next steps for improvements. Together, these improvements are designed to create a ‘Complete Streets’ transportation network that accommodates safe and efficient travel of all modes. The outcomes of the Bells Ferry Road Study will help advance TCCID’s vision of making Town Center a vibrant, accessible community that integrates natural assets into a prosperous business center, creating an inviting regional destination.

Study Area

The Bells Ferry Road Operational Study corridor includes the section of Bells Ferry Road between Chastain Road/New Chastain Road and the Barrett Parkway/Piedmont Road. Notable points of interest within the study area include: Bells Ferry Elementary School, Towne Center Prado shopping center, the Bells Ferry Trailhead, and numerous subdivisions. This area blends commercial and residential development, recreational amenities, north/south vehicular travel, and environmentally sensitive areas, all of which will be considered in this study.

Schedule

The timeline graphic below provides an overview of the study process. Keep an eye on the Get Involved section for details on event and activity dates as the study advances.

Get Involved

We want to hear from you! Community engagement and public input are critical aspects of the study and plan for Bells Ferry Road. Our team greatly values hearing from those who travel along Bells Ferry Road frequently, specifically those who live, work, and play here. The community will have opportunities to share the challenges they face while traveling along Bells Ferry Road, suggest thoughts on how this corridor can be improved and enhanced, and provide feedback on study materials and concepts.

Please take a moment to provide your feedback using the forms below. We will continue to update our social media channels and this webpage with more information. Stay tuned!

More details on community input activities and events will be posted as the study progresses.

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Virtual Public Forum Recording - March 16

If you missed our virtual lunch on March 16th to learn about the Bells Ferry Road Operational Study, there’s still a chance to be in on the action. Check out the recording of our meeting at any time using the link below. Catch up on what we talked about and find out about opportunities to get involved. The study area covers the segment of Bells Ferry Road between New Chastain Road and Barrett Parkway.

Use this link: https://youtu.be/QER1ei3mGd8

Virtual Public Forum Recording - July 14

If you missed our virtual lunch on July 14 to learn about the Bells Ferry Road Operational Study, there’s still a chance to be in on the action. Check out the recording of our meeting at any time using the link below. Catch up on what we talked about, including draft recommendations for future improvements and find out about opportunities to get involved. The study area covers the segment of Bells Ferry Road between New Chastain Road and Barrett Parkway

Use this link: https://youtu.be/5saK-oQEv2o

Study Documents

This space will host project documents, including presentations and summaries from Project Advisory Group meetings, public forums, and other activities.

FAQs

Please see below for a compiled list of frequently asked questions. Simply click on a question to view the answer. If you cannot find an answer to your question or would like more information, please reach out to us! We look forward to hearing from you and answering your questions!

Who is conducting this study?

The Town Center Community Improvement District (TCCID) is the agency responsible for the study, in partnership with the Atlanta Regional Commission, working in close coordination with Cobb County Government, its citizens, and other partners. Assisting is a consultant team led by Gresham Smith, along with Croy Engineering, Edwards-Pitman, and Blue Cypress Consulting.

How is this study being funded?

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) has provided funding for the Bells Ferry Road Operational Study through its Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) Program. The LCI Program, through a competitive grant process, provides communities with the opportunity to re-envision their communities as vibrant, walkable places with transportation options that encourage healthy lifestyles and provide better 
access to jobs and services. The grant from ARC covers 80 percent of the cost of the study, and TCCID has provided a 20 percent match.

What is the purpose of this study?

The purpose of the Bells Ferry LCI Study is to identify opportunities to improve efficiency and safety for all modes of transportation along Bells Ferry Road, in addition to addressing short-term and long-term needs in line with the vision for the study area. The study will examine options for improving road conditions, functionality, safety, and walkability, identifying concepts for roadway design, streetscape, trail connectivity, and safe and efficient movement of people using all modes of transportation. An important aim of the study is to identify recommendations that both improve operations while also enhancing the experience of corridor users through close consideration of environmental and safety conditions and community assets, like the Noonday Creek Trail.

What are the anticipated outcomes of this study?

The Study will provide recommendations for potential projects to improve safety and mobility on Bells Ferry Road, building on a smart corridor approach that is cohesive with the broader transportation network. These recommendations along with the Draft Concept Plan, will be utilized by TCCID and its partners at Cobb County and the Georgia Department of Transportation to advance implementation. Study products will include a conceptual plan for corridor operational improvements, visualizations of the improved corridor, and a final document with recommendations and essential implementation steps, including a 100-day action plan.

How will the improvements be paid for?

Sources of funding have not yet been identified. Once the recommendations have been finalized, Town Center CID will work closely with Cobb County, the Georgia Department of Transportation, and other partners to identify and secure funding to advance projects to implementation. The 2022 SPLOST, approved by voters in November 2020, will fund the reconstruction of the Bells Ferry Road bridge over Noonday Creek.

When will the public be able to provide input on the study and proposed improvements?

The study will include engaging activities, including virtual forums, a web-based input tool, and COVID-friendly in-person touch points, where the public will be invited to provide feedback. For activity details, please view the Get Involved section on this page. Community members can also submit feedback online using the form link in that section.

Team

The Chastain Road LCI Corridor Study is being led by the Town Center Community Improvement District (TCCID) in conjunction with the Gresham Smith consulting team, which includes Croy Engineering, Edwards-Pitman, and Blue Cypress Consulting, and close coordination with the Atlanta Regional Commission.

Additionally, a Project Advisory Group has been assembled to assist in guiding plan development. The group will include representatives of local government, area property owners and businesses, local homeowners associations, Bells Ferry Elementary School, and local advocacy groups, among others.

Alisha Smith
Director of Projects and Planning
alisha@towncentercid.com

678-350-5061 x.3

Erin Thoresen
Project Manager, Gresham Smith
erin.thoresen@greshamsmith.com
770-754-0755