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Peabody Place to be revised following pilot
Peabody Place to be revised following pilot project
Posted on 05/16/2018
As the 12-month test period of the Great Streets Pilot Project Downtown comes to an end, the City is preparing to revise Peabody Place in response to the observations and stakeholder feedback collected during the pilot.

The most striking changes during the pilot phase occurred along Peabody Place, which was narrowed last summer to make room for a two-way bicycle lane and pedestrian promenade.

The bike lanes and pedestrian promenade will be removed. However, striped pedestrian bump-outs will remain at intersections. A center two-way turn lane will be installed along the full length of Peabody Place, as well as one travel lane for each direction of traffic. On-street parallel parking will remain on both sides of the street. The travel lanes will feature shared lane markings, and the Division of Engineering will investigate the installation of protected bike lanes on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue in lieu of the pilot lanes on Peabody Place.

Engineering has already received federal transportation grant funds to design permanent bump-outs at the Peabody Place intersections, and will pursue additional funds for their eventual construction.

City crews are now preparing Peabody Place for the revisions. Planters and street furniture are being removed in advance of the re-surfacing and striping scheduled for early June. Citizens should expect intermittent lane closures and prohibitions to on-street parking during the construction in the first half of June.

The Great Streets Pilot Project, which started in June 2017, was funded almost entirely through financial and in-kind donations from various organizations, such as AutoZone, Downtown Memphis Commission, FedEx, First Tennessee Foundation, Hyde Family Foundations, and IKEA Memphis.
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