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New Edgewood Bridge Aims to Improve Beltline Access

Apr 8, 2013

Credit Beltline.org

For more than a century the Edgewood Avenue bridge has connected Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward and Inman Park neighborhoods.

This past week, the city and the Atlanta BeltLine began tearing it down to build a new one.

It was the lowest structurally-rated bridge still in use in the city. 

After the demolition is complete, next steps include cleaning up the rubble and building the new bridge’s support structure. 

Project manager Catherine Owens says the focus is on increased connectivity. The new bridge allows for a possible extension of the Atlanta Streetcar, and pedestrians and bicyclists will have easier access in and out of Atlanta and onto the Beltline. 

“We think this is a huge bonus for the city particularly on such a heavily utilized bicycle corridor coming in from those east neighborhoods into to the city,” said Owens.  

The $4.5 million project is being funded by federally-backed bonds created by 2009’s Stimulus Act. 

The new bridge is expected to be complete by spring 2014.