The City of Duluth is inviting the Davenport Road neighborhood and other citizens to a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark completion of road improvements and installation of sidewalks at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1. The Davenport Road project has dramatically improved the appearance of the neighborhood, and the sidewalks have increased pedestrian safety and accessibility to downtown Duluth.
Duluth Mayor Nancy Harris will officiate at the ceremony, and State Transportation Board Member Rudy Bowen will deliver remarks. The ceremony will take place along the newly improved road located off Buford Highway.
The road improvements have inspired Davenport Road residents to remove debris and spruce up their yards, Harris said.
The project was funded by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) through its Transportation Enhancement (TE) program and the High Priority Project matching grant program. The completion of the Davenport Road sidewalk and roadway improvements represent ongoing efforts by the mayor and city council to improve connectivity and safety in the city.
The improvements include new five-foot sidewalks on both sides of the street, curb and gutter, drainage, repaving, and road widening to accommodate two full-lane widths. Crosswalks also have been painted to improve safety of pedestrians crossing side streets. The contractor SD&C Inc. completed the project involving 2,400 linear feet of the road ahead of time.
A commemorative ribbon will be distributed at the ceremony, which is scheduled to last about an hour. Signs will be posted to direct attendees to designated parking locations.