Monday, March 31, 2014

Edgewood Avenue bridge is reopening, reopening, reopening

Posted By on Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 2:46 PM

City crews have worked on bridge, shown above during its demolition, for more than a year
  • Fiona Sites-Bowen~
  • City crews have worked on bridge, shown above during its demolition, for more than a year
After a year of construction and detours, the new Edgewood Avenue bridge over the Atlanta BeltLine opens tomorrow.

Completion of the $4.5 million bridge replacement project not only restores traffic atop the bridge, but also beneath it, where construction blocked an unfinished portion of the Beltline's popular Eastside Trail. Work to finish that portion of the well-used path will begin sometime later this year.

Officials with Atlanta BeltLine Inc., the nonprofit tasked with planning and developing the 22-mile loop of parks, trails, and transit, told CL the team does not yet have a specific start date for that project, which will extend the Eastside Trail south from Irwin Street to DeKalb Avenue.

Ramps and stairs providing bridge access to the Beltline below won't be finished until this summer, when a dedication ceremony will be held, according to the city and ABI. Finishing touches on fencing will require some temporary blocks on pedestrian access.

A major connector between the Old Fourth Ward and Inman Park, the old bridge was more than a century old and in poor shape. ABI oversaw the bridge replacement on behalf of the city's Department of Public Works.

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