Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard Corridor Improvements


In 1999 when CAP/ADID first invested in engineering services to design an enhanced roadway connection between the Georgia World Congress Center and the hotel district on the east side of Downtown it was hard to envision the Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard that we see today. Known for years as the Jones-Simpson-Alexander corridor - due to the plans to unite and expand the right of ways along Jones Avenue, Simpson Street and Alexander Street – the project’s goal was to create a safe and attractive continuous two-way direct pedestrian and vehicular connection between Northside Drive and Peachtree Street.

Due to a successful collaboration of CAP/ADID, the City of Atlanta, the Georgia Department of Transportation and the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, the Downtown community can fast forward to 2009 with phase I complete and phase II nearing completion. Along the way Downtown gained more than just a critical $20 million infrastructure improvement, but also a magnet for private redevelopment investment and a fitting tribute to former City of Atlanta Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr., for which the corridor was renamed in 2004.

The vacant lots, parking lots and underutilized, antiquated low-density buildings surrounding the proposed new right of way provided plenty of opportunity to build an active, 24-hour, mixed use neighborhood. Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard is the new address for a whopping $468 million worth of new residential, office and retail development that is complete or under construction, as well as a key route to the growing attraction district surrounding Centennial Olympic Park including the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola and the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. And there is more to come, an additional $855 million worth of redevelopment investment is on the drawing boards including the Center for Civil and Human Rights and 1,000 more apartments and condominiums.

The Project

The improvements involved converting the one-way sections of Alexander Street to a continuous two-way corridor, reconstructing and improving the entire transportation corridor between Northside Drive and West Peachtree Street with wider sidewalks, improved pedestrian access, enhanced transit mobility and bike lanes. Corridor upgrades include intersection redesign for pedestrian crossing and signal efficiency, medians where appropriate, pedestrian and street lighting, utility relocation, sidewalks, bike lanes, enhanced transit stops and linkages (rail and bus). Design elements include:

  • Four 11’ travel lanes continuously from Northside Drive to West Peachtree Street.
  • At select locations a raised median of varying width to protect dedicated left turn lanes at key intersections. The right-of-way width varies from 84’ to 108’.
  • A 5’ bike lane on both sides of the street.
  • A 5’ landscape strip on both sides of the street.
  • 10’ sidewalks continuously along both sides of the street.
  • A new bridge over the CSX rail line west of Marietta Street

Design and engineering was completed by the URS Corporation. Phase I from West Peachtree Street to Luckie Street was constructed by C.W. Matthews and phase II is currently under construction by Pittman Construction between Luckie Street and Northside Drive.  Phase II is expected to be complete in October 2009. Funding for the project was provided by the Georgia Department of Transportation and the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority along wtih local matching funds from the City of Atlanta Quality of Life bond issue and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District.

For additional information contact: Jennifer Ball - (404) 522-3344 or jball at