Downtown Pedestrian Bridge
In late November 2000, the City approached Prime to expedite and facilitate the engineering, permitting, and construction of a new 210-foot-long, eight-foot-wide pedestrian bridge intended to link two downtown areas separated by MARTA lines and four active rail lines. Bridge construction was important to accommodate pedestrian safety and to augment the City’s Beautification Program. Therefore, the bridge project received funding from a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and a GDOT sidewalk program. This grant funding required design completion by March 2001.
Prior to Prime’s involvement, the bridge had not advanced past the conceptual design phase due to a number of obstacles: significant permitting issues; technical, scheduling, phasing, budget, and project coordination challenges. Prime assumed control of the project and immediately launched a fast-track delivery mode to furnish full-service surveying, engineering, and project management for bridge design and construction. Prime involved CSX, Norfolk-Southern, MARTA, and the Georgia Department of Transportation early in the design phase and maintained their commitment to the project in order to expedite permitting and overcome the project’s various challenges.
Simultaneously with the alliance-building process, Prime orchestrated and oversaw the execution of a comprehensive work plan that enabled the bridge to be designed in 30 days, permitted in less than three months, and constructed and completed over a nine-month period.
Construction began in May 2001, was completed in November 2001, and the bridge opened to pedestrian traffic in December 2001. The final construction cost was $2.2 million. Prime not only met all requirements for project grant funding, but helped secure additional project funding. The bridge is now a significant City landmark and a symbol of the City’s revitalization.