A map from the Georgia Department of Transportation shows the located of the proposed bridge that would replace the existing bridge.

The Georgia Department of Transportation will host an open house March 13 on the detours required to replace the Northside Drive bridge over Peachtree Creek.

The meeting will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at Northside United Methodist Church, located at 2799 Northside Dr.

GDOT is planning to close part of Northside Drive and detour drivers onto other roads around the construction, according to documents.

A previous GDOT presentation said that Northside Drive would be closed for six to nine months while the bridge is built.

Project displays and detour maps will be on display at the presentation and GDOT officials will be there to answer questions, according to the meeting announcement. No formal presentation will be given.

GDOT previously proposed that option and an option that would build a temporary bridge for drivers to use while the new bridge is built. However, that option did not receive support from residents, would cost more and make construction take longer, according to GDOT.

Approximately 15,900 vehicles use the bridge daily, GDOT said.

The existing bridge was built in 1926 and is nearing the end of its lifespan and must be replaced, according to GDOT documents.

The proposed bridge would consist of three lanes, a shoulder, a bike lane and a sidewalk on the western side, and a shoulder and a multi-use path on the eastern side of the bridge. These paths would connect the existing paths at Atlanta Memorial Park, the Bobby Jones Golf Course and the Peachtree Creek Trail, according to GDOT.  A separate 15-foot wide pedestrian bridge would be constructed on the eastern side of the existing bridge, GDOT in the meeting announcement.

It would also be five to six feet higher than the current bridge, which would minimize possible future flood damage, according to GDOT.

A presentation slide shows detour options for the Northside Drive bridge replacement project. (GDOT)

One reply on “GDOT to host open house on Northside Drive bridge replacement”

  1. 3 years??? This is what’s called “milkin’ the job!!!”……..big time. (We had a bridge replaced during the mid(?) 1980’s down here in Hillsborough County (Tampa, Fla) on Gunn Highway. It was also over a creek. The contractor got it done early & received a bonus, too. Maybe someone should look them up to see what the secret to gettin’ ‘er done in a timely manner!!!!

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