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MARTA’s Buckhead pedestrian bridge to open June 24
by Nicole Dow
May 28, 2014 04:59 PM | 3419 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The $32 million new pedestrian bridge at MARTA’s Buckhead station will open June 24, Buckhead Community Improvement District Executive Director Jim Durrett announced Tuesday at the board’s monthly meeting at Tower Place.

The district has been involved in the development of the project along with MARTA, the Federal Transit Administration, the city of Atlanta and the State Road and Toll Authority. It helped garner community support for the bridge and contributed $1.2 million in funding.

The groundbreaking for the project was held in March 2012. The opening was previously scheduled for Dec. 31 but was postponed.

“The delay was necessary to ensure full compliance with the Federal Transit Administration’s grant funding guidelines that require major, project-related systems be procured from domestic companies under the Buy America Act,” MARTA spokesman Lyle Harris said in December.

The bridge spans Ga. 400 and will connect pedestrians from Tower Place and Stratford Road to the station. It is expected to bring a few thousand additional riders to the station each day.

“We are almost there,” Durrett said. “It’s a beautiful facility.”

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 11 a.m., he said, and the bridge and new entrance to the station will open to the public immediately after.

Among other district projects discussed Tuesday, Livable Buckhead Executive Director Denise Starling gave the board an update on the PATH400 Greenway Trail project, a partnership amongst the district, Livable Buckhead and the PATH Foundation with Livable Buckhead being the lead organization for the project.

The paved multi-use trail will be about 5 miles long and will be about 10 to 14 feet wide, connecting neighborhoods to Buckhead’s urban core and ultimately to the Atlanta BeltLine.

“We are under construction and clearing [the path] out,” Starling said. “Everything is completely cleared for the first phase of this from Lenox Road up to Old Ivy [Road]. We did a field trip with our board last week, and it’s really amazing to see where all the connection is, how it looks and where the topography challenges are.”

Complaints from neighboring residents have been minimal, with the biggest concern being about making sure there is a noise barrier, she said.

“[The PATH Foundation] is doing a fantastic job of working with the neighbors,” Starling said.

She said a piece of property where the trail meets up with Old Ivy Road will be converted into a neighborhood park.

Atlanta District 7 City Councilman Howard Shook, a district board member, said the trail and new park will help with his greenspace initiative.

“We’ve gone from like 12 percent of what everyone else has [in their districts], and we’re probably up to about 15 percent now,” he said. “We’ve added more [greenspace] since [Livable Buckhead] got started [in April 2010] than in the 50 years prior.”

The reconstruction of Charlie Loudermilk Park at the intersection of Roswell and Peachtree roads will pick up once lane closures along Peachtree are approved, said Brian McHugh, the district’s director of transportation and planning.

He said the demolition of the park is complete. The overall project should be finished this fall with new trees to be planted in the park during cooler weather days in September or October.

What’s next?

What's next?: The pedestrian bridge at MARTA’s Buckhead station will open June 24, following an 11 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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