Updates from Georgia Dept. of Transportation (GDOT)

 

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Overview: Upcoming 90-day Closure and Detour

In February, Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) contractors commenced
preliminary work at the State Route 42/North Druid Hills Road bridge over North Fork Peachtree
Creek to complete required construction ahead of the planned 90-day bridge closure.
This full roadway closure between Buford Highway and W. Druid Hills Drive will expedite the
demolition and reconstruction of the current bridge built in 1962 and maintain public safety during
active bridge construction. The bridge closure and 90-day detour are anticipated to begin on April
26, 2024.

During the three-month period, motorists will need to utilize the provided 5-mile detour route.
Drivers will still have open access from the Interstate 85 interchange (Exit 89) and properties
adjacent to the bridge work zone during this time. The bridge replacement is part of the larger
Interstate 85 at SR 42/North Druid Hills Road Interchange Improvement project now underway.

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90-Day Closure and Detour FAQs

What is the bridge closure and detour for and how long will it be in place?

  • A 90-day bridge closure and detour route will be necessary for accelerated bridge
    construction activities to replace the North Fork Peachtree Creek bridge with a wider bridge that’s better equipped to handle the increasing traffic levels in the area. The new bridge structure will also be beneficial for pedestrians with wider sidewalks and ADA compliant ramps at crosswalks.
  • The full roadway closure will be in place to minimize impacts to the traveling public and to maintain public safety during active bridge construction.

When is the bridge closure and detour expected to go into place?

  • Georgia DOT is expecting this bridge closure and detour to go into place on the evening of April 26, 2024.

Is there a recommended detour route?

  • A full closure will be implemented during construction of the new bridge. There is a
    suggested detour route for motorists that is approximately 5 miles long. The route will follow I-85 northbound to Exit 91, SR 155/Clairmont Road, and then turn onto SR 13/Buford Highway.
  • When possible, we recommend motorists utilize their preferred navigation app to determine the best way around the closures. As always, apps and mobile devices should always be used “hands free” in Georgia, per state law.

Will there be any traffic pattern changes in addition to the bridge closure and detour?

  • Yes, additional traffic pattern changes will include one lane in each direction leading up to the bridge. Traffic at North Druid Hills Road and the West Druid Hills Drive intersection will be managed using stop signs.

Will there be impacts to any MARTA bus routes?

  • Yes, MARTA bus route 8 will be detoured during the 90-day bridge closure. You can view the detour here. Please visit MARTA for more information.

Will there still be nighttime closures?

  • Yes. The construction team will continue to perform preliminary work at night, which often requires additional overnight lane closures. Advanced notice will be issued. 

How will pedestrians be impacted?

  • Sidewalks over North Fork Peachtree Creek will be closed during the bridge replacement for public safety during construction.
  • The recommended pedestrian detour route is approximately 0.7 miles, 15 minutes.
  • You can view the pedestrian detour map below.
  • Pedestrians will follow the Peachtree Creek Greenway Path north to Corporate Boulevard. Turn left on Corporate Boulevard and then turn left on SR 13/Buford Highway towards south direction. 

What type of traffic impacts should I expect?

  • Motorists should expect longer travel times. The project team is coordinating with local stakeholders, businesses, and the traveling public regarding the construction activities and traffic impacts of this 90-day closure.
  • We urge motorists to utilize navigation apps (hands free) to select alternate routes in order to stay away from the construction area or to consider alternative commute options.
  • If traveling through the area, we urge motorists to plan ahead, remain patient in the face of delays, pay attention, and use caution.

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