United Avenue closed near Southside Beltline for bridge work

A portion of United Avenue near the southside of the Beltline trail closed Monday after officials learned a bridge over the roadway there had a fractured beam.

The road closed Monday after Beltline officials discovered the pedestrian bridge above it had a fracture and several other bent beams, Beltline spokeswoman Jenny Odom said in an email to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A former railroad bridge, the structure dates back to 1914.

Beltline officials were already looking to demolish the bridge, Odom said.

The trail will remain open until demolition begins on the bridge, Odom said. A specific demolition date has not been announced, but Odom said Beltline officials are hoping to have the demolition and roadway reopened in two to three weeks.

“The bridge to be installed near term is for pedestrian and bike traffic,” she said in the email. “We would design it to accommodate the addition of a bridge for light rail in the future.”

In the meantime, officials are looking into safe trail connectivity options while the bridge is out of order. Those options include detour routes, crosswalks and a temporary bridge.

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