Braves bridge construction will close part of Circle 75 for a week

A crew works in the middle of I-285 in October 2016 where Cobb County started construction on a multi-use bridge over I-285 in the Cumberland Area across from the Cobb Galleria.
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A crew works in the middle of I-285 in October 2016 where Cobb County started construction on a multi-use bridge over I-285 in the Cumberland Area across from the Cobb Galleria.

Construction of the multi-use I-285 bridge, expected to be a vital corridor for Braves fans and the exploding Cumberland area, will interrupt traffic this week.

Circle 75 Parkway will be closed from Cobb Parkway to Heritage Court from Thursday to Wednesday, Jan. 25.

To access Circle 75 from Cobb Parkway, motorists can take Windy Ridge Parkway, advised the county.

Jim Wilgus, the head of Cobb transportation, recently told The AJC that the bridge project was 45 percent complete.

He went on to say that $4.1 million had been spent on construction so far, but the estimated total price tag, including design, would be near $12 million.

The Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority voted to pitch in $500,000 to build an elevator for visitors with impaired mobility.

The bridge is set to stretch 1,100 feet over I-285 from Cobb Galleria to SunTrust Park and accompanying multi-use area The Battery.

The project was stymied by a lawsuit that was later settled by the county.

The bridge is still slated to be operational by the first pitch in April (and the stadium's first performer Billy Joel).

The project will be completed later that summer.