Veterans Parkway Streetscape Enhancement
This project has been approved for $1,250,000 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
|Affected Area:||Phase 1:
13th Street to 8th Street intersection
8th Street to Victory Drive intersection
|Funding:||Phase 1 (PI # 8185)
$1.16 million from Federal Stimulus
$142,615 from GA DOT
$35,654 from Trees Columbus
$1.3 million total funds
Phase 1 (PI # 6597)
$1.25 million from Federal Stimulus
$400,000 from GA DOT
$100,000 Local funds
$1.75 million total funds
Phase 2 (PI #9116)
$1.73 million from Federal Stimulus
$1,52 million from L230 funds
$433,560 Local funds
$380,000 State funds
$4.16 million total funds
$7.21 million total funds
|Start Date:||December 17, 2009|
|Projected Completion Date:||Winter 2013|
The Veterans Parkway Streetscape and Pedestrian Enhancement Project will turn Veterans Parkway into a true parkway that will become a signature boulevard in our community. The project consists of two phases: Phase I will begin at the 13th Street intersection and go to 8th Street, and Phase II will begin at the 8th Street intersection and go to Victory Drive. Improvements will include landscaping; the relocation of utilities; the addition of medians; and hardscape items such as new directional signage and lighting.
The project originated between the leaders of Trees Columbus and Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Board Member Sam Wellborn. Mr. Wellborn secured a commitment from DOT to provide $3 million in funding, with Trees Columbus providing $750,000 of private funding as a match. Trees Columbus presented the idea to Columbus Council, which officially approved it to be included in the city streetscape program.
The Phase I groundbreaking ceremony was held on December 17, 2009. Approximately 75 people attended the ceremony including City officials, representatives of several organizations and interested citizens.
Phase I is being jointly funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and Trees Columbus. Phase II is being funded through the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Transportation Enhancement program.
Phase I (from the 13th Street intersection to 8th Street) was completed in 2012. Phase II (from the 8th Street intersection to Victory Drive) will start construction in the summer of 2013. New landscaping features were added in the spring of 2013. Construction of the sidewalk and other hardscape features will begin in the summer of 2013.