Ted Turner Drive Viaduct Replacement Project

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 (now Ted Turner Drive)—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.

Project Schedule

Southern Phase/Phase 2: Work locations include Section 1: Ted Turner Dr. from Mitchell St. to the start of the existing new viaduct construction at MLK Jr. Dr. Section 2: MLK Jr. Dr. from Forsyth St. to the intersection with Ted Turner Dr.
Start Date: December 2017; End Date: December 2018


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 Ted Turner Dr. Viaduct Project. In addition, detour maps have been sent to each building agency point of contact.

Detour maps will be available on the City of Atlanta, Department of Public Works website at: https://www.atlantaga.gov/government/departments/public-works/public-works-events-calendar


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.

Building Deliveries

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 City of Atlanta. The US Government contact for questions from Federal agencies concerning this project is Jason Withers, jason.withers@gsa.gov.

Through this site, we will provide routine updates as necessary and particularly in advance of the Southern Phase. For additional project details, please visit www.dot.ga.gov for more details.


Additional updates will be provided as necessary. The GSA will work jointly with the City to prepare public release of project updates.

The GSA Public Affairs Officer contact is Elizabeth Andrews, Elizabeth.andrews@gsa.gov.

The City of Atlanta, Department of Public Works, Public Relations Manager contact is Michael Frierson 404-546-6254 or mfrierson@atlantaga.gov

Last Reviewed: 2018-08-27