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Parents urge GDOT to make Memorial Drive safer for pedestrians

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Memorial Drive, Atlanta (source: WGCL TV) Memorial Drive, Atlanta (source: WGCL TV)

Some Atlanta families are banding together with Atlanta City Council members to pressure the Georgia Department of Transportation to make safety enhancements to one of the city’s most dangerous corridors.

Memorial Drive, also known as State Highway 154, runs through the Edgewood, Kirkwood and East Lake neighborhoods.

Ryan Sterritt crosses Memorial Drive each day as he walks with his daughter to and from Drew Charter School.

“It makes the mornings a little intense when you’ve got to worry about cars flying by at 60 miles an hour,” said Sterritt.

Jamie Badoud and his kids ride their bikes to and from school.

“Approaching this intersection brings about a tremendous amount of concern every time,” said Badoud. “We’ve seen crashes. We have seen a bicyclist get hit here.”

“A couple of weeks ago, there was an SUV that ended up on its side right at this corner which is where all of the kids walk to school,” said Sterritt.

Last month, just down the street, neighbors gathered for a vigil after a woman was struck and killed trying to cross the street.

At an Atlanta city transportation committee meeting Wednesday, council members discussed a letter drafted by Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong and others -- to the Georgia Department of Transportation. GDOT currently has a long-term plan to make the corridor safer, but Archibong is urging them to speed things up.

“There are some things Georgia DOT can do quickly around signalization and lane configuration that will be a solution right now,” said Archibong. “Then, let’s continue to work toward the full ‘from Capitol to Candler’ plan that we have in place.”

Neighbors hope the extra pressure on the state does the trick.

 “Traffic is crazy on Memorial,” said Sterritt. “Something needs to happen.”

CBS46 is working to get a response from GDOT as to whether the department is willing to alter its timeline.

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