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REMINDER: BeltLine Project Will Close Part Of Ponce

Area of Ponce de Leon Avenue between the Midtown Place Shopping Center and Ponce de Leon Place affected this weekend and next.

A portion of Ponce de Leon Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic this weekend and next weekend for the Atlanta BeltLine's ongoing construction of the Eastside Trail project.

Closures are scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. Friday and end at 5 a.m. Monday of the affected weekends.

Currently under construction, the Eastside Trail spans more than two miles from the southeast tip of Piedmont Park to Inman Park and the Old Fourth Ward neighborhoods.

The project, which includes a 14-foot-wide, multi-use concrete trail that is to be used for walking, biking, running and skating, is the next major component of the Atlanta BeltLine slated to open to the public.

The section of road between Ponce de Leon Place and the Midtown Place Shopping Center (across from Ponce City Market) will be closed from June 8 through 11 and again from June 15 through June 18. In case of bad weather, the weekend of June 22 through the 25th will serve as the back-up period for work crews.

  • During the first weekend (June 8 – 10): Crews will disassemble the scaffolding that has allowed workers to safely remove lead-based paint and make structural repairs to the bridge over the past two months.
  • During the second weekend (June 11-15): The bridge will be lowered to its final elevation during the week of June 11-15. During the second week, the contractor will pour the concrete trail and complete touch-up repairs.
  • Road signs will be in place for the two weeks leading up to the closures to alert drivers on Ponce de Leon Avenue.
  • Sidewalks will periodically be closed to pedestrian traffic, as work requires underneath the bridge.
  • All vehicular access points to the shops at Midtown Place, the Kroger shopping center, Ponce Place and Ford Factory Lofts will be open and accessible during this road closure.
  • Detour signs and off duty-police officers will be provided to direct motorists.

 The Eastside Trail is the first part of the trail system to be built within the old rail corridor, which will eventually connect 45 neighborhoods.

Space Ship May 30, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Could you elaborate on the second bullet item? Does this mean the clearance under the bridge is going to be lower than it is now? How will this impact vehicular traffic? What is the current clearance height and what will be the new clearance height? Thanks.
Chris H May 30, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Space Ship, the bridge was raised a couple feet so workers could fix it up, paint it, etc. It will be lowered back to it's original height and location. It won't be any lower than it was before construction started.
Péralte Paul (Editor) May 30, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Hi, Space Ship: Ethan Davidson, the BeltLine's spokesman, tells us: "The final height of the bridge will be slightly higher than its original height. There will be no impact on vehicular traffic."
Space Ship May 30, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Thanks Peralte.
Sophist May 31, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Who gives a shit about Kroger and Ford Factory Lofts. Will Green's be open?

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