THOMASVILLE — A proposed Remington Avenue streetscape approved in a unanimous Thomasville Planning and Zoning Commission (TPZC) vote is headed to Thomasville City Council for final consideration.
“We want to build truly great streets,” said Kenny Thompson, city planner.
Remington Avenue, he said, is a gateway to the city and downtown.
The streetscape project has received positive public input in several sessions with residents to learn what they want in Remington improvements.
Thompson said a proposed roundabout at the intersection of Remington, Reid Street and Kern will slow traffic to 10 to 15 miles per hour, making the location safer for pedestrians than the current intersection. Lights operated by pedestrians at the roundabout could stop traffic in all directions.
Located along the 1.5-mile streetscape stretch — from Smith Avenue to Pinetree Boulevard — is a “Goose Crossing” sign Thompson said reflects the character of Remington, which will remain a two-laned thoroughfare. Ditches will be replaced with sidewalks, biking/walking trails, curb and gutter.
Kern, from Smith to Reid, is four-laned.
“Having four lanes is more road than is necessary,” Thompson said.
Reducing Kern’s lanes to two will provide space for sidewalks and biking/walking trails along the stretch, he added.
Turn lanes would be added or improved at Remington’s intersections with cut-through streets — Orchard Lane, Ben Grace Drive, Clanton Street and Covington.
Thompson described Remington’s intersection with Pinetree as “a hot mess” and the most dangerous intersection on Remington.
Haile McCollum, planning and zoning commission co-chairman, said resident input in the Remington project is a shining example of public participation in a street project.
Thompson said the $4.5 million Remington project will not begin before 2021.
The city has applied for a $3 million federal transportation grant and is in the process of applying for another grant. Receipt of both grants would leave the city with a funding need of $600,000 to $700,000.
Thompson said the remaining funding would come from the 2018 special purpose local option sales tax.
City council will consider final approval of the streetscape at a Monday, Sept. 23, meeting.
Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820