A $6.9 million upgrade to the Inman Park-Reynoldstown MARTA Station has nearly reached halftime—just in time for one of Atlanta’s most festive gatherings.
The project entails rehabilitating two pedestrian bridges linking the transit stop to parking lots to the north, along DeKalb Avenue, and the south, on Seaboard Avenue.
Since renovations kicked off in December, the high-traffic DeKalb Avenue entrance has been shuttered to make way for construction crews retrofitting the circa-1970s bridge with “fiberglass reinforced composite decking,” according to MARTA spokeswoman Stephany Fisher.
The new materials are lighter, stronger, and help reduce vibrations from the heavy rail system and the CSX railroad lines running parallel to the MARTA tracks, she added.
During the northern bridge’s upgrades—which are slated to be complete April 26—MARTA buses shuttled people to and from the Seaboard entrance, so people who typically use the DeKalb Avenue side wouldn’t have to hike all the way around Moreland Avenue to catch a train.
Before work launches on the southern pedestrian bridge, both sides of the station will be open from April 26 until April 28 for the Inman Park Festival, which Curbed readers once declared the city’s greatest.
MARTA will continue to provide shuttle service to the other side of the station once the south bridge and parking lot close on May 13 so the restoration can proceed.
Once finished, both bridges will be decorated with various colors—a reprieve from the dull brown metal finish—and new LED lighting fixtures.
The south side is also slated to receive a new staircase to allow pedestrians easier access from Seaboard Avenue.
The project is scheduled to be complete by early 2020.
This article was updated on April 18, 2019 at 1:08 p.m., after MARTA officials said the north bridge work would be complete on April 26, not April 22, as was previously announced.