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City of East Point - Pedestrian Bridge
East Point, Georgia

Client Challenge:

The City of East Point received a Community Development Block Grant to accommodate the safety of community pedestrians including students from a near-by high school and MARTA riders that had to walk across active train tracks to access MARTA’s East Point Station.

PRIME Solution:

Prime Engineering designed and permitted the 210’ span bridge over CSX Railroad, Norfolk-Southern Railroad, and MARTA in less than 3 months in order to maintain federal funding.  Prime involved CSX, Norfolk-Southern, MARTA, and Georgia Department of Transportation early in the design phase and maintained their commitment to the project in order to expedite permitting.

Prime Engineering, Inc. furnished full service surveying, engineering and project management for the design and construction of the City’s pedestrian bridge linking the City’s Main Street, and Cleveland Avenue.  The bridge spans over a MARTA rail line and 4 additional active rail lines (1 CSX and 3 Norfolk Southern).  The bridge offers a 25 foot vertical clearance from the tracks.  The process of getting the bridge built met many challenges including collaboration with entities including MARTA, State DOT, and CSX Norfolk Southern Railroads, and more.  In addition, creative material selection was required to comply with City’s architectural guidelines and stay within project budget. 

Prime Engineering entered the scene in November 2000 and orchestrated an aggressive work plan entailing collaborative initiatives from additional consultants including Harrington Engineering and R. Powell & Associates.  Together, these firms executed a comprehensive work plan that enabled the bridge to be designed in 30 days and constructed and completed over a 9 month period.

Project Features

  • 210-foot 8-foot wide prefabricated steel bridge
  • 25 foot vertical clearance over tracks
  • Compliant with City’s Architectural Overlay
  • ADA compliant elevators in each tower
  • Technical challenges of site area constraints
  • Complex permitting process
  • Challenging schedule & contracting procedures to comply with CDBG funding requirements

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