Vehicles are being directed to detour around Laney-Walker Boulevard because enhancement work has begun on the .36-mile stretch between 15th Street and R.A. Dent Boulevard.
Instead of utilizing Laney-Walker Boulevard through Georgia Regents University’s Health Sciences Campus, through traffic has to travel 15th Street, R.A. Dent Boulevard and Walton Way.
Signage and barricades are up at each end of Laney-Walker notifying motorists of detours, and will remain there through the project’s six- to eight-month duration. Barricades are up, and flagmen are in place to aid motorists and pedestrians.
Access to the university’s Student Center, the Kelly Administration Building, Central Distribution Warehouse and the Cancer Center will be maintained throughout the project and managed with signage and flagmen.
The Cancer Center’s adjacent parking deck will also be accessible throughout the project.
Parking lots 3 and 11 should be accessed from the west end of Laney-Walker from 15th Street. Parking lot 14 should be accessed from St. Sebastian Way.
The enhancements include narrowing the road from four lanes to two, adding raised crosswalks and new landscaping buffers. Bike lanes will also be added in each direction.
The improvements will decrease pedestrian traffic from curb to curb; reduce the number of pedestrian mid-block crossings; eliminate the need for crosswalk guards in the morning and evening; improve driver visibility; and improve Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility for GRU personnel and the community.