Ponce/Lullwater Bridge “Structurally Deficient”

25 10 2007

If you work downtown and use heavily-traveled Ponce de Leon Ave to get to/from Decatur, you may want to consider an alternate route. According to a TRIP Report on Georgia Roads, the Ponce bridge over Lullwater Creek (just east of the Ponce/Lullwater Rd intersection) is in pretty sad shape. The bridge, which was built in 1922 and supports an average of 26,520 vehicles a day, was listed among the top 20 most-traveled, “structurally deficient” bridges in the metro area. The report describes a “structurally deficient” bridge as having “significant deterioration of the bridge deck, supports or other major components”.

I can only imagine the headaches for Decatur drivers comparable to those experienced by 14th Street bridge commuters if and when the county decides to repair/reinforce the Lullwater bridge. Ponce is already a traffic nightmare (especially in the morning) and is one of only two major arteries out of Decatur that lead downtown (the other being DeKalb Ave).

Interesting note: Not all news in the report was bad. The report notes “In 2005, Georgia led the nation with 92 percent of its major roads rated in good condition.”

Go DeKalb

Creative Loafing: Best of Atlanta 2007

28 09 2007


The question is never whether Decatur will make CL’s extensive, annual “Best of Atlanta” list, but where the city’s institutions will show up.

This year our city itself rated as Atlanta’s best suburb! In your face big, squared-off chicken! (Did anyone else see the Atlanta mag article pitting Michael Stipe against the Big Chicken? It was odd even without the comic rendering that went along with it)

No stranger to rave reviews, The Brick Store usually shows up in one form or another. This year the Decatur staple was highlighted for having the best beer selection, while its neighbor, Zocalo, rose above the competition to be rated as the top Mexican restaurant. The Decatur Book Festival and Books Again also made the list, highlighting our successful new festival and a favorite used book shop. Decatur also received art-related mentions for East Decatur Station’s Foundation One Gallery and local photographer Suellen Parker. Our blogging friends over at Decatur CD even picked up a nod for the best locale to buy used CDs.

Congrats again to all Decaturites who made or helped make this rather fickle and arbitrary, yet highly-addictive list!