Atlanta City Council authorized $12.8 million for the design and construction of a new pedestrian
bridge over Northside Drive that will connect downtown to the Westside,
the hopeful outcome is that pedestrians will be safer, and that passage
from Atlanta's Westside to Downtown will no longer be impeded.
Go to the Curbed Atlanta site to see an artist rendering of the
proposed bridge design.
Atlanta is well known as a dangerous place for pedestrians
National Complete Streets Coalition, between 2003 and 2012, 1,564 pedestrians died in Georgia, an annual mortality
rate of 1.67 per 100,000, compared to a national rate of 1.56. More than
half of Georgia’s pedestrian deaths occurred in metro Atlanta, where
839 pedestrians were killed during that decade.
An ambitious and progressive bridge plan will improve safety and access
The bridge will positively affect Atlanta’s future economic development
and the impact felt on game days for the city's professional sports
teams, and during other special events. By making transit to the stadium
more accessible, the bridge will improve the travel of more than 70,000
people and their vehicles coming into surrounding neighborhoods during
We applaud Atlanta's willingness to make major improvements in transportation
Despite ongoing issues related to the
bridge budget, the personal injury attorneys at the Weinstein Firm feel that the cost
will be worth the improvements in safety and accessibility that the bridge
will afford Atlanta and its neighborhoods. Having worked with many clients
injured in pedestrian collisions in Atlanta, and family members of people
killed in such crashes, we feel that this bridge cannot come soon enough.