The Atlanta BeltLine bridge over Ponce de Leon Avenue will be raised off of its existing abutments to be remediated, retrofitted and repainted as part of construction of the Eastside Trail. The stretch of road between Ponce de Leon Place and the Midtown Place Shopping Center (across from Ponce City Market) will be closed from 9 p.m. on Friday, March 23, to 5 a.m. on Monday, March 26. The road will close again  March 30 to April 2.

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 on hand to direct motorists.

While the bridge is raised, crews will install decking and scaffolding to protect cars and pedestrians, remove old paint, prime the metal, and repaint it. The bridge will then be fitted with unobtrusive security fencing as required by the Georgia DOT. Additional weekend closures can be expected to lower the bridge and complete construction of the Eastside Trail later this spring.

The section of Ralph McGill Boulevard between Freedom Parkway and Ashley Avenue (near Copenhill Lofts, Freedom Heights Lofts and Block Lofts) where a new bridge is being installed will remain closed until March 29 .

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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.