Money rolls in for Wynnton project

Now that the Georgia Department of Transportation has approved a grant to plant trees, bury utilities and improve pedestrian safety along Wynnton Road from Peacock to Hilton Avenues, MidTown Inc.'s inviting residents to a Wynnton Corridor Workshop 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Wynnton United Methodist Church, 2412 Wynnton Road.

The transportation enhancement grant the state just OK'd is for $797,840, to which MidTown will add $200,000, half pledged by Aflac and the rest by the Mildred Fort Foundation. Among the road improvements planned are standardized 10-foot-wide vehicle lanes — the current lanes vary from 9 to 11 feet — a 5-foot-wide planted median in the road where now there's a 7-foot-wide painted median, "brick-stamped" crosswalks patterned and textured to be more visible to drivers, and sidewalks and curb cuts that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Tuesday's workshop will begin with a brief presentation on the road project, after which residents can offer comments and suggestions, said Teresa Tomlinson, the nonprofit MidTown Inc.'s executive director. Then guests will get to see slides of some concepts for improving specific properties along the corridor.

Five or six examples will be shown, each the result of owners or property managers meeting with planners from the Atlanta design firm of Tunnell-Spangler-Walsh and Associates (www.tunspan.com), the consultant advising MidTown on the revitalization effort, Tomlinson said.

Because refreshments will be served, MidTown's asking residents who plan to come to RSVP by calling 706-494-1663. More information about MidTown's projects is online at www.midtowncolumbusga.org.