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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Ponce de Leon Avenue closes this weekend for Beltline trail construction

As we reported in late February, construction on the Atlanta Beltline's Eastside Trail will require the closure of Ralph McGill Boulevard and — brace yourself — Ponce de Leon Avenue near Ponce City Market. The former's been shut down for a few weeks now. This weekend is Ponce's turn.

Starting Friday night at 9 p.m. and lasting until Monday morning at 5 a.m., construction crews will shut down the busy thoroughfare between Glen Iris Drive and Ponce Place to literally lift the bridge spanning the street, install scaffolding, and begin stripping lead paint. Nearby businesses, Midtown Patch reports, will remain open. Expect Ponce to be closed for several weekends when workers lower the bridge, which will be repainted and feature security fencing required by the Georgia Department of Transportation. The 2.5-mile bike trail's opening date is still sometime this summer.

Beltline officials are suggesting motorists use Freedom Parkway and Boulevard as detours. But who's willing to bet that Somerset Terrace and Ponce de Leon Place are gonna be chaotic?

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