A 90-day closure of Northside Drive over Peachtree Creek will begin in early September for replacement of the bridge there, the Georgia Department of Transportation has announced.

The closure will affect the short section of Northside between Wesley Drive and Peachtree Battle Avenue, adjacent to Atlanta Memorial Park and the Bobby Jones Golf Course.

However, the entire section of Northside Drive and Northside Parkway, which doubles as State Route 3, also will be closed to trucks and through traffic, remaining open only to local traffic. That local traffic will include visitors to the golf course and the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center.

Through-traffic will be detoured onto I-75, with northbound traffic directed to the West Paces Ferry Road exit and southbound traffic to the Northside Drive exit.

The 90-day closure is just part of an $18 million project that began last year and is scheduled for completion in August 2021.

The main piece of work is replacing the current bridge, which dates to 1926 and has cracks and other structural problems. The new bridge will feature two travel lanes, a left turn lane, a bike lane, a shoulder and a sidewalk on the western side and a shoulder on the eastern side. It will connect to the nearby Atlanta BeltLine multiuse trail.

Alongside the roadway bridge will be another bridge serving pedestrians and carrying new water and sewer lines.

The project is also raising the roadway 5 to 6 feet to better handle flooding.

GDOT selected the 90-day continuous closure with community input as the fastest method. Alternatives with small closures could have taken as long as nine months, GDOT previously said.

“This 90-day plan is cost- and time-effective and will deliver this project to the community quicker and easier,” said Kathy Zahul, GDOT’s metro Atlanta district engineer, in a press release.

The Northside Drive closure is scheduled to begin Sept. 8. The exact date, as well as the exact length of the closure, could be changed by weather and conditions discovered during construction.

John Ruch

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.