The purpose of this project is to improve connectivity for pedestrians and bicyclists along Riverbend Road between College Station Road and S. Milledge Road. The proposed project will close an existing sidewalk gap, potentially improve existing bike lanes, allowing better access to adjacent subdivisions and businesses along Riverbend Road as well as to public transportation.
Engineering consultants developed a series of alternative designs for sidewalks and multi-use paths along this corridor, dividing Riverbend Road into 2 segments at Riverbend Parkway.
Segment 1-S. Milledge to Riverbend Pkwy: current pedestrian activity is limited to S. Milledge Ave to Lakeside Dr. There are no bike lanes.
Segment 2-Riverbend Pkwy to College Station Rd: current pedestrian activity is higher, with multiple bus stops, UGA facilities, and apartment complexes. Bike lanes are sub-standard, measuring 4 feet.
Each alternative has been split into 2 main segments due to limited budget and observed pedestrian activities. Segment 2 stood out as a higher priority to staff and to the Athens in Motion Committee due to:
The University of Georgia expressed an offer to assist in building a sidewalk from College Station Rd to the Greenhouse driveway with an estimated cost of $125,000
There are measurably more pedestrians on this segment from Riverbend Parkway residences
More transit lines and bus stops are located on this segment
For each of the 2 segments, designs have been developed with Pedestrian/Sidewalk only alternatives as well as multi-use path alternatives.