Welcome to the 

JR Allen Parkway 

project website!

The purpose of this study is to examine this freeway/major arterial and to determine how to alleviate traffic congestion along the J.R. Allen Parkway corridor, while also improving access to transit shelters, connecting the pedestrian sidewalk network, and making considerations for bicycle facility/amenity investments.

Location Map

The project extends from the Alabama/Georgia State Line approximately 10 miles to the east, and ends at the intersection of Flat Rock Road/Kitten Lake Drive, presented in the accompanying map.

Anticipated Outcomes

Conceptual design alternatives for interchange/intersection concepts will be prepared, and potential impacts will be evaluated. Your feedback is an essential element of this process. We want you to guide the project team toward a hybrid, locally-preferred alternative that balances mobility needs and minimizes tradeoffs. We are examining traffic, bicycle, pedestrian, and transit.

A Feasibility Study report will document the process, findings, and recommendations. Feasibility-level analysis represents an interim step prior to preparing engineering-level design and construction plans in future phases.



Works completed to date

  • Existing traffic was collected over a 48-hour period for more than 100 locations along the corridor.

  • Peak hour turning movement counts were collected over a six (6) hour period at 17 locations.

  • Crash data was gathered for a five-year period between 2015-2019.


Your input will help us proceed into the next phase of the project, described below.


The project can be summarized in three general phases, presented below. The existing conditions phase gathers some of the relevant data and begins to shape the initial need for the project. The public involvement phase, which overlaps with existing conditions, begins to formulate potential alternatives with feedback from those who use the corridor daily. Feedback from the public helps us refine, evaluate, and eliminate some potential alternatives so that we arrive as a locally-preferred alternative strategy. The final phase involves documenting this entire feasibility study process in a consistent and concise manner so that the project may proceed into engineering-level design.

Data Collection

Project Needs



Develop Alternatives


Preferred Alternative

Public Involvement


Feasibility Study


Study Overview

This study evaluates strategies to reduce congestion and improve safety and mobility in the City’s primary east-west corridor on the north side of Columbus. The study area begins on J.R. Allen Parkway at the Georgia state line (Chattahoochee River) and for more than 10 miles to east of the Flat Rock Road/Kitten Lake Drive intersection. The JR Allen Parkway begins as a 4-lane freeway with eight (8) interchanges prior to transitioning to a 4-lane highway with signalized intersections and commercial driveways.

The primary objectives of this study are

  1. Congestion relief,

  2. Safety enhancements,

  3. Multi-modal mobility improvements,

  4. Evaluation of upgrading corridor to interstate highway standards and

  5. Evaluation of bridge over Chattahoochee River

We need your help to fully understand how this corridor functions. Traffic counts, turning movement counts, and crash data can only provide one side of the story. Feedback from you, the citizens who drive, ride, walk, or bike around this portion of Columbus is essential to this process. Help us by visiting the Get Involved page, taking our survey, and contributing to the interactive map. Please also share a link to these resources on Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor so your friends and neighbors can also contribute.

Partners/agencies involved

The JR Allen Parkway Corridor Study is sponsored by the Columbus Consolidated Government.


** Comment Period has been extended to July 12, 2020.

Watch this video to learn more.

This video provides an overview of the JR Allen Parkway project and planning process. Note: The Comment Period has been extended to July 12, 2020.

Get Involved

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Project Survey

Tell us who you are, and how you use this corridor by responding to the online survey, and also, by sharing it with your friends and family on social media. The more participation that we receive, the better informed we are about the needs of this corridor.

Online Map

You know this corridor better than we do. Help us understand how it’s used, where its problem areas are located, and begin to describe some of the potential solutions that should be considered. Click on the map to add these point features, and share this link with others.

Project Events

Currently, all project events will be scheduled and hosted online. Event dates, times, links, and details will be found on the Events page. 

Remember to add them to your calendar!



Do you have questions, comments, or other insights to share? 

E-mail comments to: cpcmpo@columbusga.org

Phone comments to:  706-225-3938

Mail comments to:   Columbus Consolidated Government

Planning Department

P.O. Box 1340

Columbus, Georgia 31902


For additional information regarding the study of JR Allen Parkway, please contact Rick Jones at 706-225-3936 (email–rjones@columbusga.org) or Lynda Temples at 706-225-3938 (email – ltemples@columbusga.org).

We appreciate your participation in this vital process to improve quality of life in Columbus.

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