Beltline will close busy road for 29 days on 1st day of spring

A major stretch of the Atlanta Beltine will close for nearly a month, beginning the first day of spring.

The 24-hour-a-day closure, from March 20 to April 17, will affect both pedestrians and drivers navigating the Old Fourth Ward area near the popular Krog Street Market.

Beltline contractors will close Irwin Street — between Sampson Street/Auburn Avenue and Krog Street — in order to construct a portion of the Eastside Trail extension that will head south to Kirkwood Avenue. Contractors will install structures including a speed table (a wide speed bump), sidewalks and rapid flashing beacons for pedestrian crossing.

Detour routes will be established to route vehicular and pedestrian traffic around the closure, according to a news release.

  • To cross the Eastside Trail at Irwin: If traveling east, turn right at Auburn Avenue, left at Randolph Street, left at Edgewood Avenue and left at Krog Street. If traveling west, turn left at Krog Street, right at Edgewood Avenue and right at Auburn Avenue.
  • To access the Eastside Trail: The Eastside Trail can be accessed from the west side by way of John Wesley Dobbs Avenue, Highland Avenue and East Avenue (via Alaska Avenue). Note that only the East Avenue access point is ADA-accessible. The Eastside Trail can be accessed from the east side by way of Elizabeth Street. Use Irwin Street/Lake Avenue, making a left on Elizabeth.

The Atlanta Beltline is a network of parks, trails and transit on a 22-mile former railroad corridor circling Atlanta's intown neighborhoods.