Atlanta City Council directs more cash to pedestrian-friendly MLK Jr. Drive road diet

The money is coming in the form of grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation and is expected to help revitalize more than seven miles of MLK Drive, from Northside Drive to Fulton Industrial Boulevard, with better pedestrian and bike infrastructure.

Paving near the Beltline’s Westside Trail and protected bike lane installation on MLK, just west of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, is underway now, in addition to other work.

The new funding accounts for just under 10 percent of what’s anticipated to be a $27 million project.

Per city officials, the project’s completion is scheduled for summer 2020.

The popular—and formerly very car-centric—east-west corridor links major intown hubs, such as The Benz, the Atlanta University Center, the Beltline, Westview Cemetery, and multiple MARTA stations.