Project Overview & Announcements
Beneath the viaducts of Atlanta’s downtown are many miles of railroad tracks. Since the early twentieth century, these viaducts routed Atlanta’s pedestrians and traffic above the rail lines.
Atlanta’s Spring Street Viaduct—one of the most prominent—has served the City of Atlanta for an amazing 91 years. Built in 1922, the Viaduct has been and remains a gateway to Downtown Atlanta. It is a major connector for residents, visitors,commuters and businesses. Today, it is a well-traveled route to downtown destinations including the Georgia Dome, CNN Center, Phillips Arena, the Georgia World Congress Center, Richard B. Russell Federal Building, Martin Luther King Federal Building, Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center and the Castleberry Hill, Luckie-Marietta and Fairlie-Poplar neighborhoods.
After a lengthy life, the bridge—now structurally deficient with advanced steel and concrete deterioration—requires replacement. Aside from safety factors, replacement will also enhance regional economic development efforts by improving accessibility and connectivity in the downtown corridor - keeping motorists, transit riders and freight deliveries flowing efficiently.
Northern Phase/Phase 1: Work locations include Spring St. from the end of the new viaduct construction north of Alabama St. to Marietta St.
Start Date: September 2, 2014; End Date: Fall 2015
Southern Phase/Phase 2: Work locations include Section 1: Spring St. from Mitchell St. to the start of the existing new viaduct construction at MLK Jr. Dr. Section 2: MLK Jr. Drive from Forsyth St. to the intersection with Spring St.
Start Date: Fall 2015; End Date: Fall 2016
Detours will be in place around the Martin Luther King Federal Building, the Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center and the Richard B. Russell Federal Building during the Spring Street Viaduct Project. In addition, detour maps have been sent to each building agency point of contact.
The Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center and Richard B. Russell parking garages will remain open and accessible by the existing roadway. The privately operated parking lot located behind the Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center, also known as the “Gulch”, will remain open during the Spring Street Viaduct project.
Deliveries to the Martin Luther King Federal Building, the Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center and the Richard B. Russell Federal Building will not be impacted during the Northern Phase of the project. During the Southern Phase of the project, the Martin Luther King Federal Building’s loading dock entry point will be relocated to Forsyth Street. There will be no change to deliveries to the Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center or the Richard B. Russell Federal Building during the Southern Phase.
Project Management and Contacts
The project is managed by the Georgia Department of Transportation. The US Government contact for questions from Federal agencies concerning this project is Jason Withers (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Through this site, we will provide routine updates as necessary and particularly in advance of the Southern Phase. For additional project details, please visit the Georgia DOT Spring Street Viaduct Replacement Project page.