Bolton Road / Moores Mill
Transportation Study
Bolton / Moores Mill
Transportation and Circulation Study
Study Purpose
Study Advisory Committee
Gordon Kenna
Karyn Hudson
Ken Brown
Scot Foerst
Crew Heimer
Jim Huffstetler
Kenneth Lynch
Patrick Jeffrey
Jeff Burrell
Preston Mason This plan was developed by ARCADIS/BPA with assistance from URS and in close coordination with the City of Atlanta and the community.
We would like to acknowledge the following partners that helped develop this plan.
City of Atlanta, City Council
Felicia Moore,
City Council District 9
City of Atlanta, Bureau of
Planning Staff:
Beverley Dickeray-Ojo,
AICP, Director
Flor Velarde,
AICP, Principal Planner
Jia Li, Urban Planner
Bill Dunkley, Principal Planner
Marty Sewell,
AICP, Senior Planner
Garnett Brown,
Principal Planner
City of Atlanta, Resource Team
Harry Boxler,
Bureau of Planning
Michael Fleming,
Bureau of Planning
Mary McCracken,
Department of Public Works
Gregory H. Holder,
Department of Public Works
Brian McHugh,
Department of Public Works
Brandi Peck,
Department of Public Works
The final recommendations fall into the following general categories and make up the 
Preferred Circulation Plan seen on the following page:
  Heavy vehicle/truck routing
  Traffic-calming strategies
  Localized intersection geometric improvements

Study Process
Engage the Community: Community participation consisted of an Advisory Committee, stakeholder interviews, and communitywide meetings.
Establish Existing Conditions: Included the collection of traffic data, circulation patterns, planned growth, and the overall condition of the transportation network.
Analyze Existing Conditions: Included an analysis of traffic volume by class and potential project constraints such as environmental issues, right-of-way, and funding.
Development of Recommendations: Included the identification of candidate transportation projects and the selection of preferred improvements.
Development of Final Plan: Included preparation of conceptual plans for priority projects with an action plan describing project limits, cost estimates, responsible parties, and potential funding sources.
  Industrial traffic circulation and 2002 LCI study goals
  Dedicated lanes for specific classes of traffic
  Interconnectivity of the transportation system
The study’s recommendations entail maximizing the efficient use of the existing transportation network by reviewing transportation options identified in the 2002 LCI study and improving industrial traffic circulation, while also protecting other modes of transportation and transportation users. The study resulted in a detailed action plan supported by implementation measures and a capital improvement program, which represent a shared community vision defined through a participatory process and previous planning efforts.
The goal of this study is to identify specific projects and actions necessary to implement the vision identified through the 2002 LCI study and other studies while addressing the transportation issues within the area. More specifically, this study identifies specific actions to provide the most appropriate transportation network by addressing the following:

Study Results
The City of Atlanta has undergone several planning processes for the Bolton/Moores Mill Road area, including the Northwest Framework Plan and the 2002 Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) study. While both of these studies provided a vision for future growth and guidelines to direct that growth, neither study addressed a key transportation issue – the relationship between industrial traffic and passenger
vehicle traffic. In 2004, the community and the City of Atlanta initiated a new study, the Bolton Road/Moores Mill Road Transportation and Circulation Study, with this purpose in mind.

Preferred Circulation Plan 

Intersection improvements are recommended for three main locations.

Bolton Road at Marietta Boulevard
 Relocates Adams Road and Atlanta Water driveway
  Provides second southbound left-turn lane on Marietta Boulevard
  Extends Moores Mill Road and DeFoors Ferry Road to Marietta Boulevard
  Adds full length left-turn lane on Bolton Road extension
  Fully rehabilitates pavement
  Includes pedestrian traffic signals
Bolton Road at Hollywood Boulevard
  Realigns Hollywood Road to perpendicular intersection with Bolton Road
  Existing alignment of Hollywood Road is treated with cul-de-sac (with pedestrian walk through)
  Includes new traffic signal with pedestrian features
  Fully rehabilitates pavement
Bolton Road at Marietta Road
  Realigns Fisher Avenue at Bolton Road
  Extends Fisher Avenue to intersection with Bolton Road
  Includes new traffic signal with pedestrian features
  Fully rehabilitates pavement

Heavy Vehicle Routing

Route improvements along existing roadways, including Perry Boulevard and Marietta Boulevard, were determined to be the most effective approach to addressing heavy vehicle/truck traffic in the short term. The improvements target heavy vehicle trips generated by the Norfolk Southern Intermodal Terminal and redirect heavy vehicles south from the terminal, along Marietta Road to Marietta Boulevard and/or Perry Boulevard. Trucks accessing Marietta Boulevard would also be directed north to Atlanta Road. Implementation of this alternative includes updated signage and potential traffic signal upgrades (at the intersection of Perry Boulevard and Marietta Boulevard). The success of this approach is contingent on implementation of traffic calming along existing roadways used by heavy vehicles and coordination with the law enforcement community.

In addition to the short-term improvements, two long-term circulation routes are recommended. These routes target heavy vehicle trips generated by the Norfolk Southern Intermodal Terminal and the various commercial properties located along the southern portion of Marietta Boulevard.

The first long-term alternative includes a new roadway from Marietta Road to Bolton Road. The new roadway would cross over the railroad tracks and Hollywood Road. A new intersection would be created at James Jackson Parkway. This strategy will require cooperation with the law enforcement community to keep traffic out of residential areas.

The second long-term strategy includes a new roadway from Marietta Road to Marietta Boulevard (a partial roadway exists) with a newly signalized intersection at Marietta Boulevard. This strategy’s success is contingent upon traffic-calming improvements in residential areas and the improvement of the intersection of Bolton Road and Marietta Boulevard.

Traffic Calming

Traffic-calming measures are recommended for the following corridors:

Hollywood Road and Marietta Road
  Stop-controlled intersections
  Speed monitoring (digital displays and/or flashing beacons)
  Installations of chicanes
  Installation of center islands Bolton Road (study area)
  Speed monitoring (digital displays and/or flashing beacons)
  Installation of center islands
Marietta Road
  Stop-controlled intersections
  Speed monitoring (digital displays and/or flashing beacons)
  Installations of chicanes
  Textured pavement in conjunction with intersection calming
Adams Drive
  Stop-controlled intersections
  Speed monitoring (digital displays and/or flashing beacons)
  Installations of chicanes
  Textured pavement in conjunction with intersection calming
Working Partners Building on Previous Efforts
This plan builds upon previous planning efforts the City
of Atlanta has contributed to or undertaken. These
efforts include:
2000 Northwest Framework Plan –
2002 Bolton Road/Moores Mill LCI –
Northwest Connectivity Study –
Mobility 2030 –
The plan was developed for the City of Atlanta by ARCADIS/BPA
in association with URS. It was directed by Jia Li, Urban Planner
for the City of Atlanta. For additional information on this study,
please contact Jia Li at 404-330-6961 or visit the
project web site at:
Click on “Bureau of Planning,” then click on “Bolton/Moores Mill
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