ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — The City of Atlanta broke ground on the Cascade Road Complete Street Project on November 17, 2021. City officials reflected on the long road to these improvements and shared what Southwest Atlanta drivers and pedestrians can expect.

“This is what it’s all about, making our community safer, making sure that our roads are paved and that we have sidewalks,” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said.

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A groundbreaking ceremony was held outside of Cascade United Methodist Church, three months after Mayor Bottoms signed off on the $21 million project.

“It is a beautiful day. It is a day for which we should all be able to give thanks,” said Cascade Pastor Kevin Murriel.

Crews will upgrade the roughly two-mile-long stretch between Cascade Road and Cascade Avenue to Willis Mill Road and from Delowe Drive to Avon Avenue. It includes resurfacing, adding bike lanes, bus stop enhancements, and upgrading traffic and pedestrian signals.

“Know that it’s major, major work that you’ve been looking for for 20 years and hadn’t gotten, but over the next 3 to 5 years, you’re gonna get it,” said District 3 City Councilwoman Cleta Winslow.

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City council members reflected on how the project honors the community’s civil rights legends, including Congressman John Lewis and Hank Aaron, and the leaders who built the community.

“Whether we’re on a bicycle, whether we’re on MARTA or whether we’re riding around in a car, we’re gonna be able to get up and down Cascade without issue, without bumps,” said At-Large Councilman and Transportation Committee Chair Andre Dickens. Dickens is competing in a Nov. 30 runoff for the mayor’s office against Council President Felica Moore.

“This project holds a special meaning for the beloved community in Southwest Atlanta,” said District 10 Councilwoman Andrea Boone.

Officials say you can expect lots of traffic during the process, but they say it’s a temporary inconvenience to create a much safer road.

“ATLDOT has promised to keep us informed throughout the process,” said District 11 Councilwoman Marci Overstreet. “We have precious cargo over here. We need to make sure we’re taking care of our cars and our family members and ourselves.”

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