We recently audited a 2.2 mile segment of Covington Highway, one of the 15 most deadly corridors for people who walk in Georgia.
The wide, high-speed road has frequent bus service, commercial and residential development and plenty of people walking.
One out of eight people who live along Covington
Highway use p
ublic transit to get to work.
While auditing bus stop locations, we watched as a woman waited a
nd waited and waited for a safe gap in traffic.
Elsewhere a man crossed the road one lane at a time, waiting for gaps as he approached the next lane.
Covington Highway lacks sidewalks, median islands and overhead lighting. It has few intersections, crosswalks or other pedestrian safety treatments.
Many stops are located where people can't see what's coming around the corner or over hills.
recommends improvements. Serious visibility problems make changes urgent at some locations.
Most bus stops on Covington Highway do not meet minimum safety standards. For each of these, the report calls on transportation agencies to either install safe crossing treatments or relocate the bus stop.
Next steps include promoting collaboration between MARTA, DeKalb County and the Georgia Department of Transportation. Prioritizing projects, setting timelines and determining who takes responsibility for design and implementation are all essential.