Work on East Clayton Street begins today

Lane reconfiguration underway

It’s a heads-up for drivers in downtown Athens: East Clayton Street will transition, starting today, from its existing three lane configuration to a new two lane configuration. This impacts Clayton between North Lumpkin and North Thomas streets. City Hall says the work is expected to be completed next year.

From the Athens-Clarke Co government website…

As part of the continuing East Clayton Street Improvements project, East Clayton Street from North Lumpkin Street to North Thomas Street will transition from its existing three lane configuration to the approved two lane configuration beginning July 13. 

The two lane configuration has already been in place on the remainder of Clayton Street for a number of years.

This transition is part of the final design adopted for the corridor. Implementing the change now will not only help vehicles begin to get used to the new configuration and provide safety spacing as Georgia Power and Atlanta Gas Light continue with utility improvements and as the ACCGov private contractor mobilizes to begin construction efforts on the streetscape.

Although the center lanes will no longer be available for parking for deliveries, vendors and businesses can continue to use existing side street and adjacent block delivery zones.

While the existing parking spaces will remain their current configuration, the angles and depth of the spaces will change as the curbing is adjusted to the new width.

Final paving and striping of the project area will take place towards the completion of the full project, which is expected in 2021.

Tim Bryant

Tim Bryant hosts Classic City Today, 6-10 weekday mornings on 98.7FM & AM 1340 WGAU in Athens.

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