For years, Mitchell Street Bridge had been a vital part of Atlanta transportation, helping commuters get to downtown Atlanta and all the sights there.The bridge, which had been built in 1924, has become weak and structurally deficient over the years.Local budgets allowed for little money to repair the bridge.In 2008, the bridge was shut down for traffic.This week, the bridge was demolished in preparation for a new bridge replacing the old one. Not only will the new bridge make it easier for commuters in Atlanta to get across town, but it will also create new employment opportunities.
The bridge is being paid for by money from the federal stimulus funds.The total cost of construction is estimated to be around $8.8 million.Construction is expected to be completed by May 2012.The new bridge project is part of an estimated 300 construction projects that have already begun, or are expected to soon begin, across the state of Georgia.All these projects will be funded by money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.Georgia has approximately $900,000,000 in federal stimulus funds already in its kitty.Not only will the new bridge make it easier for commuters in Atlanta to get across town, but it will also create new employment opportunities.
We definitely need more such measures not only to alleviate the stress of congestion on our streets, but also to facilitate easier and safer access to the city for all Atlanta’s residents.We need to relieve congestion in a safe manner, and the new bridge will do exactly that- provide a vital connection for Atlantans and a safe means of transport.
It’s not just Atlanta.Across Georgia, several communities are benefiting from reconstructed highways, improved roads and bridges and other transportation projects.It’s all being done in the name of economic recovery, but as Atlanta car accident lawyers who know the importance of safe transportation for our citizens, we couldn’t be happier about it