The Edgewood Avenue bridge is now demolished, beginning the long, detour-ridden wait for the corresponding Beltline trail to be put together. The bridge — which essentially connects Inman Park and the Old Fourth Ward, allowing Edgewood to continue between Airline Street and Krog Street — was more than a century old and torn down over the course of last week; officials had determined the $4.5 million price tag for replacement was smaller than that for extensive repairs. Beltline spokesman Ethan Davidson told Curbed Atlanta work on the section of trail beneath Edgewood won't commence until the replacement bridge is completed — in April 2014. "We are currently working on the design for this section of the trail all the way down to Memorial Drive," Davidson said.
While it's not exactly the pretty renderings we all like to see, officials have released a schematic of the area that shows likely Beltline-Edgewood entry and exit points: Stairs and a ramp look like they'll be built on the Krog Street side of the new bridge. (Davidson said Beltline folks are hoping to have "more visuals" sometime this summer.) Meanwhile, the detours should be fun, both on foot and by car: How does Edgewood to Randolph to Irwin to Krog to Dekalb Avenue sound?
— By Curbed Atlanta contributor Tyler Estep
· Edgewood Avenue Bridge Replacement Project [Beltline]