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Wynnton Streetscape Update

You may have noticed that things are happening on Wynnton Road. A long-anticipated project is underway. With two Georgia Department of Transportation grants and after almost a decade of planning, engineering and budgeting, construction began on the Wynnton Streetscape Enhancement Project on October 24, 2017. This project will transform a .5-mile section of Wynnton Road, from Cedar Avenue to Hilton Avenue. Its realization will be a step toward eradicating a perceived dividing line, and regenerating the historic heart of our MidTown community.

During the next 12-18 months, orange cones and intermittent lane closures will be signs of progress as utility lines are relocated; new sidewalks, crosswalks, and a pocket park are constructed; and lighting and  landscaping are installed.

We are grateful for the partnerships with the City of Columbus and the Georgia Department of Transportation that make this $2.5 million project possible. Generous community support from local foundations and proceeds from the MidTown MIngle provided the 20% match for 2008 and 2011 GDOT Transportation Enhancement (TE) grants that totaled $1.8 million.

We appreciate residents’ and businesses’ patience as construction is in progress, and look forward to celebrating better, safer, more attractive connections for all, and a renewed heart of Wynnton Road.

June 20, 2018. Interrupted sidewalks, hot days, hard work. All signs of progress toward more attractive and safer connections in the heart of MidTown.

3 responses to “Wynnton Streetscape Update”

  1. Tom says:

    This is wonderful. In the mean time, can we please get better code enforcement for portable signs, rope lighting, and paper covered storefronts? Wynnton is starting to look like the Vegas Strip.

  2. Amanda Rees says:

    Thanks MidTown Inc for sticking with this project for a decade. So looking forward to the renaissance of Wynnton Village as a commercial and service center for multiple walkable neighborhoods. I’m looking forward to a shady walk to the post office perhaps stopping for a coffee at a cool new coffee shop (and people watching) or lunch at Country Life, picking up a plant from Wynnton Hardware store or a pair of mended shoes from Wynnton Boot, and heading home. Looking forward to more inviting connections between my neighborhood, Wynnton Grove and Wynnton Village, and having the opportunity to bump into old friends and make new ones. Here’s to a new landscape that supports personal and community health and well-being.

  3. Ronald J. Kowan D.D.S. says:

    It is nice to see the renovations and updating of the roads in the Wynnton area. However, I have not seen where the increase of crime in our area has been addressed. On December 18 there were three daytime car break-ins and on the 19th there were two more car break-ins with much damage and stolen items. I have videos that I gave to the Police, but they say they are short of personnel (75 as I was told) and it is difficult to increase patrol in the Wynnton area as needed. There has also been an increase of street people coming into our office asking for money. Safety in our work areas are absolutely necessary to obtain quality peronnel who do not fear for their personal safety. This is a matter I would love to see addressed by our mid town Association.

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