Editor's Note: The following information came from a Stone Mountain Community Improvement District press release.
The Stone Mountain Community Improvement District (CID) has received a $500,000 grant from Georgia’s State Road and Tollway Authority.
The money makes it possible for the the CID to get several road-related enhancement projects off the ground within the Mountain Industrial Boulevard corridor, the district said in a press release this week about the announcement.
“The Stone Mountain CID greatly appreciates this significant investment to help us restore this area’s standing as an economic development powerhouse,” CID president Emory Morsberger said in the announcement. “Our great state leaders recognize the importance of what we are undertaking. We are focused on making improvements that will lead to 2,000 new jobs coming here by the end of 2013.”
Said CID Board Member Rusty McKellar: “It is very encouraging to see our state leaders working with the CIDs to make these efforts possible. Our CID is grateful for the funding and will use it to further enhance our community.”
According to CID announcement, the SRTA grant will help with the following CID efforts:
- Improve turning distances and the width and length of turning lanes at the Mountain Industrial Boulevard/East Ponce de Leon Avenue intersection. Existing conditions result in trucks with long wheelbases hitting curbs, which damages freight.
- Improve traffic safety by replacing the damaged guardrail on Mountain Industrial Boulevard’s crossing of the CSX rail line.
- Add street signs illuminated by light-emitting diodes (LED) to the new intersection mast arms, which will greatly increase the area’s navigability.
- Remove the abandoned CSX rail crossings, which are rough areas on roadways.
- Add street lights to improve safety and travel at the Mountain Industrial Boulevard/U.S. Highway 78 interchange, one of the CID’s gateway intersections.