Here’s a big shout-out to the Underwood Hills Neighborhood Association, which has successfully marshalled our city’s government resources with help from Atlanta Department of Transportation Commissioner Josh Rowan, as well as City Council members Andre Dickens and Dustin Hillis, to make the Upper Westside a bit safer for both drivers and pedestrians.

The intersection of Defoor Avenue and Harper Street has been a longstanding safety concern, plagued with speeding cars rounding a dangerous curve in the road. We are thrilled to announce that a three-way stop has now been added to that intersection. City crews have installed flashing warning lights and painted warnings to call attention to the new signs.

“Everyday speeding is a problem in Atlanta. We have fast, two lane roads where excessive car speed is causing safety issues in our neighborhoods. We plan to use the options at our disposal to slow the traffic and to provide safe streets for everyone.” —ADOT Commissioner Josh Rowan 

The neighborhood’s highly motivated traffic committee worked with Council members, Hillis and Dickens, and ADOT Commissioner Rowan to bring about a solution to this weak spot in our traffic infrastructure. 

“We are so excited that Josh Rowan, having come to ADOT from Renew Atlanta, recognizes the importance of pedestrian safety and traffic calming,” said Adeline Collot of the Upper Westside Improvement District.