Work is set to begin Tuesday, Feb. 23, on the Bill Kennedy Way bridge over I-20 to continue connecting the Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside and Southside Trail segments.

According to a press release from Atlanta BeltLine, Inc (ABI), work on the bridge will be completed in two phases. Phase 1 is expected to begin Feb. 23 and be completed on April 2, but the schedule may be extended due to weather or other unforeseen delays. Phase 1 includes the addition of an 8’ trail on the east side of the bridge that will be protected by a 2’8” concrete barrier wall that will connect the trail segments.

Reeves Construction Company, the contractor completing the construction and under contract with ABI, will temporarily close the the westernmost sidewalk  between the I-20 on and off ramps. Also, the southbound travel lane will be closed and shifted over to the northbound turning lane for travel. There will be no impact to the pedestrian travel lane on the eastern side of the bridge during this phase.

Work will take place Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30pm. Some minor traffic delays should be expected. Additional details can be found here.

In addition to the work on the bridge, ongoing work along Bill Kennedy Way (BKW) will include:

  • Pedestrian lights at the intersections Glenwood Avenue SE/BKW and Faith Ave. SE/BKW. These improvements are going through final approvals with the City of Atlanta and will be operational soon.
  • Concrete planters will be installed over the next month and planted in April by Trees Atlanta.
  • Permanent pavement markings and trail signage will be installed mid-March. Traffic will be impacted for two or three days, so watch for signage and notice for the exact dates of impact.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.