Northside Drive Bridge Replacement ProjectUpdate...
May 28, 2019
This email is to provide another update on the Northside Drive Bridge Replacement Over Peachtree Creek project construction activities and schedule timeline.
Our previous email to you described the “cascade” of utility relocations that needed to occur throughout 2019 before construction of the pedestrian bridge begins in early 2020. We know that the existing pedestrian bridge carries significant utility facilities as well, so several months will be dedicated to ensuring all utilities are relocated and remain functional during the bridge construction. The City of Atlanta’s water and sewer line work in the project area is also anticipated to continue through early 2020.
Most recently, the contractor has advised us that the schedule for the 90-day detour installation to ensure safety during construction of the Northside over Peachtree Creek Bridge will likely be pushed back to Spring 2021, not Spring 2020 as previously reported. The Spring 2020 detour information was provided by the contractor prior to fully investigating the extensive utility work needed. Please know that at this time, we are not able to be more specific about the month or date that the detour will be installed in 2021.
We understand your need to make travel adjustments related to this detour and commit to provide notice of the detour timeline well in advance, in addition to other project-related traffic impacts over the next two years.
This email is designed to provide information on the upcoming SR 3/US 41/ Northside Drive at Peachtree Creek Bridge Replacement project, scheduled for construction in 2020.
The existing bridge was built in 1926, has a low sufficiency rating (41.2 out of 100) and must be replaced. When complete, this project will provide new bridge approaches on Northside and a new bridge over Peachtree Creek. The new bridge will have two 10-foot lanes, a 10-foot left turn lane, a 2-foot shoulder, 4-foot bike lane, a 5-foot sidewalk on the western side from Wesley Drive to the bridge, and a 5-foot shoulder on the eastern side. A 15-foot pedestrian bridge will be constructed next to the new bridge on the road’s eastern side, to connect to the existing multi-use paths in Atlanta Memorial Park and Bobby Jones Golf Course to the Peachtree Creek Trail. This construction will require installation of a traffic detour in 2020, which many of you have learned from the project public involvement efforts.
This correspondence is to provide you advance notice that significant utility relocations must occur in the area this spring to avoid work delays and compounded traffic impacts for next year’s bridge construction. Within the next two weeks, lane closures will be installed on Northside Drive to allow Georgia Power, several other utilities and the City of Atlanta Dept. of Public Works (tentatively) to relocate their underground facilities in the project area. These lane closures will help keep workers and drivers safe, provide space for large equipment on-site and allow optimum work hours.
Phase 1 – mid-March to end of March. Weather permitting, vegetation clearing will begin on Monday, March 11 to remove trees that overhang the existing Peachtree Creek bridge that would obstruct construction of the two new bridges to be built next year. The clearing activities and related single lane closure will last for about 14 days in the northbound lane of Northside Drive in the area before the bridge to the end of the project.
Phase 2 – end of March through Memorial Day. Following the clearing, Georgia Power will lead off the cascade of utility relocations beginning late March. Because of the large equipment needed for the work, crews will close the northbound lane and one turn lane on Northside in the project area until Memorial Day. Flaggers and signage will guide drivers through these closures. Georgia Power also suggests that a temporary detour may be needed for a few days to reach the power pole on the northeast side of Sagamore Drive and Woodward Way, because their large, heavy equipment can’t sit safely on the bridge culvert.
During both phases, lane closures would be in place weekdays from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., but a weekend work schedule is still under consideration if needed to complete this work on-time.
GDOT will provide regular updates on the closures. We encourage you to share this information with your constituents and visitors.
Please alert them to allow extra travel time as they drive through the lane closures within and around the project area.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Thank you in advance for your patience!
Tori A. Brown
District 7 Communications Specialist
Metro Atlanta Office
A loose alliance of the following organizations was formed for the purpose of dealing with issues relating to the closing of Northside Drive in connection with the replacement of the bridge over Peachtree Creek. The following organizations comprise that alliance: Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy, Ardmore Park Civic Association, Brandon Civic Association, Castlewood Civic Association, Channing Valley Civic Association, Collier Hills Civic Association, Collier Hills North Civic Association, Habersham Park Civic Association, Memorial Park Civic Association, Peachtree Battle Alliance, Peachtree Heights West Civic Association, Springlake Civic Association, Wesley Battle Civic Association and Wildwood Civic Association.
A meeting of this alliance was held at the home of Sadler Poe at 6:00 PM on January 23, 2019. The following persons attended: Erin Bailey (Springlake), David Gylfe (Collier Hills), Michelle Hatch (Channing Valley), Elenor Klingler (Castlewood), Nolan Leake (Peachtree Heights West), Roger Moister & Susan Moody (Collier Hills North), Whitney Paulowsky (Brandon), Claire Stroud (Ardmore Park), Reggie Williamson (Habersham Park), Garth Peters (Memorial Park) and Sadler Poe (Peachtree Battle).
Current goals include identifying intersections that can be improved with left turn signals and extended left turn lanes, work with USPS, FedEx, UPS, City of Atlanta Office of Solid Waste Services to limit pick up and deliveries during peak traffic periods. Sadler is also trying to arrange meetings with the City’s traffic committee and identify a representative from our neighborhood to attend the meetings of the City’s Traffic Committee, chaired by Andre Dickens. Another suggestion is to reach out to the at-large council members: Andre Dickins, Michael Julian Bond and Matt Westmoreland.