In the latest effort to liven up metro Atlanta bridges from Norcross, to downtown, and Kennesaw, towering white arches—nearly 30 feet tall—are being erected on the Peachtree Street bridge over Interstate 85.
Connecting Midtown to Buckhead, the bridge has been a purely utilitarian item since it was built over the widened interstate in the 1980s.
But given its prominent location on the drive into Atlanta, the bridge is being reworked as part of a beautification project to highlight Peachtree Street as it crosses the interstate. Plans have been in the works for more than four years.
The addition of the arches marks the start of the second phase of bridge construction.
Last year, illuminated letters spelling out "Peachtree" and featuring pictures of different Atlanta landmarks on their sidewalk-facing sides were added to the bridge.
When work is done, the arches will span sidewalks on both sides of the bridge. Construction started earlier this month, and will likely continue into the summer.
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