Residents say MLK Drive needs major repairs - CBS46 News

Residents say MLK Drive needs major repairs

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

It's an Atlanta Road that bears the name of it's hometown civil rights icon. But people who live and travel on Martin Luther King Junior Drive in southwest Atlanta say it's in deplorable conditions.  

But they also say driving on it poses safety hazards.

"It's deplorable and a shame the condition that this area of Martin Luther King drive has been allowed to deteriorate to over the last several years" said Gordon L. Joyner.

Gordon L. Joyner is the Chair of the Martin Luther King Drive task force. Joyner took CBS46 reporter Vince Sims on a tour to show some of the issues like no sidewalks.

"Along this dirt pathway where that young person is standing down there it's actually a MARTA stop," said Joyner. "That's how a MARTA stop is reached here in the city of Atlanta on Martin Luther King Drive."

Medians in the road that are rubble.

"Which was placed here just last year and it looks like it's out of bombed out Beirut or in Iraq or somewhere. Has not been maintained. Has not been repaired," said Joyner. 

Joyner says this is about more than just beautifying the area.

"These are life and death safety issues that exist on Martin Luther King Drive," he said.

These issues were presented to city and state officials at a community meeting this week. We learned the City of Atlanta and GDOT are proposing drainage improvements to help with flooding.

Also contractors have already been brought in to start median repairs. Even more improvements are planned. Joyner is glad promises are being kept.

"Beginning over the course of the next few months and topping out over the course of two years. We were given that commitment," said Joyner.

We also spoke with City Council Member Andrea Boone who represents this area.  She tells us repairs can be made but she says people living in the area need to do their part by not just throwing trash on the ground and running over and destroying the medians.

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