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$25M downtown Atlanta bridge redo primed for October completion

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After six months closed, Courtland Street will once again connect Georgia State with the statehouse, Atlanta City Hall

A photo of the old bridge
The new bridge will look much like its predecessor (pictured).
Georgia Department of Transportation

Before demolition and construction on downtown’s crumbling Courtland Street bridge kicked off early this summer, crews had installed safety nets on the structure’s undercarriage.

The nets prevented pieces of the 110-year-old bridge from breaking off and falling on Georgia State University students walking beneath it.

Now, however, thanks to a $25 million project funded by federal, state, and local sources, a replacement bridge, spanning from Gilmer Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, is soon to open (sans safety hazards), according to Georgia State University’s student-run paper, The Signal.

The Courtland Street bridge is undergoing its third month of construction, and the full replacement is expected to be finished, on schedule, around the end of October, the paper reported.

a photo of the construction
The bridge in the middle of construction
Georgia Department of Transportation

When the project is complete, the bridge—and much of the area beneath it, which students typically walk through en route to classes—will have been closed for six months.

That would be six months in which students have had to find a detour if they were moving between the University Center building and the library, or the school and the statehouse or Atlanta City Hall.

This stretch of Courtland Street also runs over Decatur Street, which was temporarily closed due to construction, and the MARTA lines connecting the GSU and Five Points stations.

The foundation and substructure of the new bridge have been completed. The project now awaits the installation of a few deck sections—the road’s surface pieces, essentially—parapet walls, sidewalks, and lighting fixtures.

Additionally, Collins Street, which runs perpendicular to Courtland Street beneath the bridge, will need to be repaved before students can once again roam around down there.

Multiple GSU parking decks also were closed during construction, so the structure’s revival should come with a sigh of relief from many downtown vehicle commuters.

A photo of the building’s exterior
Down the road from the heart of Georgia State University’s campus, the Hurt Building has undergone a major interior makeover.

The bridge replacement is one of many projects underway at GSU, an economic engine for the area, and its surrounding blocks.

The school is also on track to demolish one of its old classroom buildings, Kell Hall, to make way for green space, the student paper reported.

Just down the block, on Edgewood Avenue near Woodruff Park, JLL recently finished a $4 million makeover of the historic Hurt Building.

And who can forget the GSU-driven redevelopment of Summerhill wrapped around the university’s new football stadium (formerly known as Turner Field)?

Woodruff Park

91 Peachtree Street Northwest, , GA 30303 (404) 546-6744 Visit Website

Georgia State University

33 Gilmer Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30303 404 413 2000 Visit Website

Hurt Building

50 Hurt Plaza Southeast, , GA 30303

Kell Hall

24 Peachtree Center Avenue Southeast, , GA 30303