By Collin Kelley

The Gateway Connector Project will enhance “the aesthetics” of the Peachtree Street bridge over I-85 on the Downtown Connector as well as one south of the Emory University Hospital Midtown complex.

Work is to begin early next year on a project to dress up the Peachtree Street bridge over I-85 that connects Buckhead to Midtown. The Gateway Connector Project will “enhance the aesthetics” of the bridge across the Downtown Connector, according to Midtown Alliance CEO Kevin Green.

The bridge, located at Brookwood Station, and a second bridge just south of the Emory University Hospital Midtown complex, will both feature “monumental arches” and bold, up-lit decorative lettering, Green said. Bridge enhancements will also create bike lanes, widen the sidewalks and installplanted medians.

“We are in the concept phase now, but will have final design and construction documents by the end of the year,” Green said, noting that Georgia Department of Transportation and Norfolk-Southern approval would also be needed since the bridges cross the I-75/85 Connector and railroad tracks.

Green said construction would begin early next year and take about a year to complete. He estimated the total cost would reach $5.3 million for both bridges.

The decorative bridge arches will reach 30 feet at the top curve and will be made from structural steel, Green said. “Pedestrians using the sidewalks will actually be walking through the archways, which act as a barrier to motor traffic.”