Auburn Avenue - History & Culture Project

Existing historic markers and signs along Auburn Avenue are damaged, inconsistent and uncoordinated. They lack a cohesive neighborhood identity and character. The Auburn Avenue History and Cultural Information Transportation Enhancement (TE) project is being funded by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District and seeks to create a consistent character along the corridor.

The project area encompasses the sidewalks along Auburn Avenue between Peachtree Street and Old Wheat Street. The focus of the enhancements includes improvements to the corridor’s wayfinding and signage elements. The project will review and improve existing signs to identify relevant ‘missing’ information that will be added to the series.  Existing broken, faded and missing signs will be replaced with improved historical content and cultural information.

The enhancements will also feature notable improvements to the I-75/85 bridge underpass intended to make the currently dark and dingy environment more engaging and bright. The project will also support the impending Atlanta Streetcar through the inclusion of signs and interpretive information related to Atlanta’s transit history to be located at its maintenance facility at the I-75/85 underpass.

On December 11, 2013 the Underpass Enhancement project team held a Public Information Open House to share the project concepts and answer questions. If you were unable to attend the Open House, please view the meeting handouts here. Following the Public Information Open House Project designers for the Underpass Enhancement shared the three concepts online – asking the community to weigh in with their personal design opinions. The review period has ended and the design team is currently working to incorporate the comments received from the community in order to finalize a singular design concept. Installation is expected to begin in late 2014.

Although the comment period has ended, please view three initial concepts using the links below.

Auburn Avenue History and Culture Project - Underpass Enhancement Concepts:

Concept 1

Concept 2

Concept 3

Concept Imagery

Design and engineering for the improvements is underway now.  Installation is expected to begin in 2014.

For additional information about this project contact Wesley Brown at wbrown at or (404) 658-5983.