State News

April 23, 2013

Neighbors frustrated by Atlanta bridge work delays

ATLANTA — Neighbors near an Atlanta bridge where steel cascaded onto motorists when part of the structure collapsed say they’re frustrated that it’s taking so long to make repairs.

Georgia Department of Transportation officials had said the pedestrian walkway on the 17th Street Bridge would open by the end of 2012. Residents in the Atlantic Station area tell WSB-TV (http://bit.ly/13PT2Sv) that the site remains a construction zone and it’s extremely difficult to walk in the area.

About 170 feet of aluminum fencing and canopy supports for the pedestrian walkway crumbled above the main Downtown Connector on Aug. 13, 2011. Debris from the structure broke loose and rained down on motorists below. No injuries were reported.

Preparation work to stabilize fencing on the bridge began just over a year after the collapse.

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Information from: WSB-TV, http://www.wsbtv.com/index.html

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