Provide safe access in construction zones

Unblock the walk!

People who walk in Atlanta face far too many obstacles. Closed sidewalks in construction zones and road work signs that block sidewalks are just a few.

Provide safe access in construction zones

Man walking in road next to closed sidewalk

Closed sidewalks force people to walk in the road.

The Atlanta Code calls on Public Works to issue permits that allow people to close sidewalks only as a last resort. Yet all too often, it allows developers to close sidewalks completely, simply because a sidewalk exists on the other side of the street.

Where sidewalks are closed, many people cross midblock or walk in the street. Public Works should operate our streets for the way people really behave, not the way they wish we would.

Learn the root of the problem and how you can help take back our sidewalks.

Locate roads signs in the street, not on sidewalks.

To someone with a disability, this “lane closed ahead” sign means sidewalk closed here.

Road work signs that block sidewalks or put people at risk of whacking their heads are common in Atlanta. Such signs violate federal transportation guidelines and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Learn more about national requirements and how to take action to unblock the walk.

Take action!

We can’t do this alone. If you see signs that block the sidewalk in the City of Atlanta, snap a photo and write down the address. After that, call 311 to report the hazard.

Even more important, contact your City Council representatives  and ask them to require Public Works to monitor signs and fine violators.