01 Jul Westside Trail Construction Progress: MLK Bridge Construction
On Saturday, June 11, 2016 three steel beams were placed for the new bridge over Martin Luther King Jr. Drive which is currently under construction. The crew installed safety netting in addition to the steel beams so that they could continue to work on the bridge without additional lane closures. The hallmark of the Atlanta BeltLine is connectivity, and bridges are a physical reminder of how the corridor’s loop can forge safe access and connections to improve mobility.
With the momentum off to a great start for the Westside Trail, construction abutments were poured in late 2015. Fourteen access points are being built with the trail, along with lighting, handrails, and landscaping. The corridor connects four parks and four schools and provides connectivity to several southwest Atlanta neighborhoods.
The Westside Trail will provide safe transportation for people commuting to work, children traveling to school, residents handling everyday needs, as well as recreation for citizens of all ages. It will also connect six neighborhoods and four schools, making the old railroad corridor a tool for connectivity and mobility instead of division.