One of the largest cranes in the country to install new pedestrian bridge in Atlanta
ATLANTA — 12 years a vision, 4 years of fundraising and months of construction … it’s all happening today.
One of the largest cranes in North America will lift a 175-foot pedestrian bridge at the end of Adina Drive off Lindbergh in Atlanta this morning.
The bridge will connect nature lovers to dozens of acres of green space.
“It’s going to connect miles of south conservative natural trails, it’s going to give people direct access to 25 acres of restored green space, we have beautiful rain gardens over there for folks to access as well,” said South Fork Conservancy’s executive director Kimberly Estep.
The $2.5 million, 65,000-pound bridge was constructed by South Fork conservancy. It has an ADA accessible ramp, stretches as long as a football field and the highest point is just short of 12 feet
“It’s just a chance for people who live in a highly-urbanized environment to reach out in their own backyard and have access to nature because the creek is there, the green space is there. People just don’t have a way to access it right now,” Estep said.
Estep said this is also important for the wider trail network in Atlanta.
“Right here is where the Path 400, which goes all the way through Buckhead, is coming, a connector to the Atlanta BeltLine, our own trails and eventually a connection to the Peachtree Creek trails greenway,” Estep said.
The bridge will be lifted around 8 a.m.