The ribbon cutting ceremony was held recently for a $32 million pedestrian bridge that will give residents from Tower Place Drive and Stratford Road access to both sides of GA 400 and the Buckhead MARTA train station.
The project includes a new entrance on the north end of the existing Buckhead Station, pedestrian bridge over north and southbound lanes of GA 400, an elevator/stair tower, sidewalk, and bridge connection on the east side of GA 400 and sidewalk access to an elevated walkway from Tower Place to connect to the bridge on the west side of GA 400.
Officials with the Buckhead Community Improvement District say the MARTA Concourse Bridge will provide more than 3,000 people who live, work, shop and worship in the area with a more practical rail transit alternative.
Atlanta City Councilmember Howard Shook, who represents District 7, where the bridge lies, says the project represents a great advancement for the community. Shook joined MARTA employees, civic leaders, public officials and transit enthusiasts at the June 24 ceremony.
“I am thrilled to see this public promise become a reality,” said Shook. “This will allow the eastside and westside of Buckhead to work together productively for the residents of Atlanta.”
The bridge will also link one of MARTA’s busiest train stations to Tower Place Road offices and residential on the west side of GA 400, with offices and residential highrises along Stratford and Lenox Roads on the east.
Eric Palmer, who rides MARTA in the Buckhead area, said the bridge will be helpful because it will be a shortcut to the Buckhead station without having to walk the extra distance to Peachtree Road.
“Now, you can avoid walking around a lot of concrete and construction that goes on down there. The bridge adds another level of safety, too,” said Palmer.
The bridge project represents a partnership between MARTA, the Buckhead Community Improvement District, Georgia Department of Transportation State Road and Toll Authority, Federal Transit Administration and the city of Atlanta.
“I’m proud of our staff and workers because they were able to build this bridge without causing hardly any inconvenience. They worked diligently over one of the most highly traveled highways,” said MARTA General Manager and CEO Keith Barker. “The area surrounding the Buckhead MARTA station includes several million square feet of office space and about 2,000 residents. Condominiums and apartments now under construction will house another 1,000, and another 1,000 are likely to come to the area in the future. We’re building for the future.”