Chestnut Sidewalk Project
page is to document the
citizen volunteer sidewalk project on chestnut drive in Doraville GA.
After lots of discussion, plans, arguments and the like we are finally
getting started on this first of what I hope can be many "self help"
community improvement projects in the city. This was brought about by
city councilman Tom Hart and his belief that we should be able to do
these sorts of projects on our own without spending hundreds of
thousands of dollars. Some of these projects like the sidewalk up
Central Ave have actually been estimated in the millions! I agree that
it's absurd to spend our tax money on over budgeted "pork barrel"
projects and we should either do them ourselves or look to the private
sector for help when needed.
Let me first explain what the project entails and
the problems involved. We are going to build a 5 foot wide, ADA
approved sidewalk between Buena Vista Ave and Buford Hwy along Chestnut
drive. This will complete the sidewalk along Chestnut that now ends at
Buena Vista and connect this part of the neighborhood to the downtown
area of the city. The two real problem areas are along the Happy
Karaoke Bar and the area in the dip on Chestnut where the storm drain
is. We decided to attack the storm drain problem area as the first part
of the project since it's going to be the most involved.
The issues of concern at the storm drain are two
fold. First, the storm drain itself is in the wrong place. It wasn't
built at the low point of the dip and as a result, when it rains there
is a small lake in the road. Below is a shot showing the storm
drain and where the low point actually is, which we found surveying the
area. As you can see, this shot was taken after we had started work on
the area and had cleared out all the kudzu, removed a broken fence and
started some preliminary digging.
To solve this storm
water drainage problem, we are building a concrete lined drain flue
which will route the storm water from the road to the stream bank,
which we will then line the bank with rip-rap to keep the bank from
eroding. Then we plan to build a short wooden bridge across this
concrete drain flue. We had to fix this drainage problem so the
sidewalk wouldn't be underwater when it rains. Below is an overhead
shot of the ditch that was dug to pour this drain flue. We blocked the
entrance to the flue for now so storm water wouldn't run down it before
the concrete liner is poured as well as installed double silt fencing
to protect the stream.