Construction work slated to take place along Bill Kennedy Way in support of interim safety improvements

Road closure map for interim safety improvements to Bill Kennedy Way.
Road closure map for interim safety improvements to Bill Kennedy Way.

On February 23, 2021, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.’s contractor, Reeves Construction Company, will begin work on the surface of the Bill Kennedy Way bridge over I-20. This is the final part of the interim safety improvements and is intended to be completed in two phases. Phase 1 is expected to begin on Tuesday, February 23, and be completed April 2, but the schedule may be extended due to weather or other unforeseen delays. Phase 1 includes the addition of an 8-foot trail on the eastside of the bridge that will be protected by a 2-foot, 8-inch concrete barrier wall that will connect the north and south trail segments.

Reeves Construction Company, recently received permission from the Georgia Department of Transportation to begin phase 1. During phase 1, the westernmost sidewalk will be temporarily closed between the on and off ramps and the southbound travel lane will be closed and shifted over to the northbound turning lane for travel. There will be no impact to the pedestrian travel lane on the eastern side of the bridge during this phase.

Work will take place Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Some minor traffic delays should be expected. This work will not block any other roads or the entrances to any businesses or homes in the vicinity. Vehicular messaging boards will provide updated information on either side of the bridge on a daily as needed basis. Once we know the schedule for phase two, we will post them on our blog and notify the adjacent communities by email.

In addition to the work on the bridge, ongoing work along BKW will include:

  • Pedestrian lights at the intersections Glenwood Ave SE/BKW and Faith Ave SE/BKW.
    • These improvements are going through final approvals with the City of Atlanta and will be operational soon.
  • Concrete planters will be installed over the next month and planted in April by Trees Atlanta.
  • Permanent pavement markings and trail signage will be installed mid-March.
    • Traffic will be impacted for 2-3 days but we will place advance signage and notice for the exact dates of impact.

Thank you for your patience as we enhance safety on this important connecting segment of the Atlanta BeltLine.

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