West Peachtree Place Two-Way Conversion Project


Project Background

The completion of the first phase of the Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard improvements in addition to the abandonment of several city streets to accommodate the assemblage of the Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca-Cola development site has dramatically changed traffic patterns in the Centennial Hill area of Downtown Atlanta. The widening of the previous one-way westbound right-of-way along Alexander Street to accommodate two-way traffic (now re-named to Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard) has re-located traffic away from West Peachtree Place, which previously accommodated the reverse one-way eastbound traffic as a companion to Alexander Street.

The abandonment of West Peachtree Place west of Centennial Olympic Park Drive to the Coca-Cola Company  created a street that was only three blocks long and exclusively serves local traffic and adjacent property driveways. In particular, driveway access to the Centennial House 100-unit condominium and the recently completed 300,000 square foot 30 Allen Plaza, Southern Company office tower had limited access due to the one-way eastbound traffic operation.

The conversion of West Peachtree Place to a two-way street between West Peachtree Street and Centennial Olympic Park Drive was completed in the Summer of 2011 and resulted  in two 10-foot (minimum) travel lanes with a 9-foot on street parking lane on the north side only between West Peachtree Street and Spring Street. The section from Williams Street to Centennial Olympic Park Drive continues to be three 10-foot lanes to accommodate a left turn lane onto Williams Street.