Thursday, July 19, 2007

The Bridges of Fulton County

Roadwork is a constant part of living down here, the product (I guess) of poor infrastructure and shoddy materials in years past. Sections of two major thoroughfares (Peachtree and Dekalb/Marietta) have been closed for large portions of this year, and the other night, I was driving home from work and found a street I normally take completely shut off, no warning or explanation. It's still closed.

Those pale in comparison to the Nelson Street Viaduct, though, which as far as I can tell has been closed since the early-mid 1990s. It runs between Spring and Elliott, behind the Southern Railway building. It was first ruled too weak for buses, and subsequently any traffic at all.

Now, it's basically just forgotten. One old AJC article indicated that at one point it was a popular shortcut, but people have obviously learned to live without it. There's apparently been talk at times of cleaning it up and making it a pedestrian thoroughfare, but if that talk has evolved into any actual work, it doesn't show. There's barriers up preventing any vehicles from entering -- inadequate and collapsed fences do a less-effective job of keeping people out. The bridge itself is cracked pavement, broken bottles and the occasional homeless guy.

I went out there in February (the photos have been languishing on my hard drive for five months), and found it nice and desolate. I've been meaning to do a post on it ever since -- now, at a time when I'm a bit lax in getting anything done, seems like a good time.





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