Your CHCA Executive Board has been working hard on your behalf and we want to share some updates with you.
All of us who live in Clairmont Heights and Medlock Park is familiar with the take-your-life-into-your-own-hands nature of the intersection at the entrance of our neighborhood, North Superior Ave. and North Decatur Road. Our Traffic Committe, led by Clint Paden and Kelly Baker Fink, share this note with the neighborhood:
The intersection at the corner of N Decatur and N Superior has been a recurrent problem for our neighborhood. In addition to the problem of collisions, over the last several months, the timing of the light has frustrated neighbors and commuters alike. In some cases, frustrations have boiled over into unsafe driving choices.
Neighbors have had mixed experiences with the timing of the light. At some times of day, the timing is normal, other times, wait times can reportedly exceed 10 minutes. Some people have reported having to press the pedestrian signal button in order to get a green light.
In order to accurately describe the issue to Dekalb County Public Works, the CHCA initiated a survey in order to ascertain what specific request we can and should make to the already-overburdened department. We placed a yard sign on both sides of the intersection, giving a QR code (which a passenger can scan with their phone) and a link to the survey: https://bit.ly/NDNST. If you ever have a report to file, you can do it with this link, no need to scan the sign.
You can view the ongoing results of this survey at https://bit.ly/NDNSTres. There you can see the numbers broken down by day of the week and by hour of the day. We also include a metric called “frustration index,” which is simply the number of wait-minutes reported during that time period--we make the assumption that there is some built-in frustration for people who file a report, and that it increases along with the wait time.
We hope to have more data-driven approaches to lobby for improvements to our neighborhood, and we encourage everyone to participate as much as they can. The more data points we have, the better our message is.