Got this nugget-o-info last week from the good peeps at Central Atlanta Progress and thought I’d share:

Believe it or not, Peachtree Street in front of the Five Points MARTA station is actually a bridge. It is decades old and in need of replacement. To accomplish this re-construction beginning July 23, 2006 the following road closures and detours will be in affect for approximately two years:

1. Peachtree Street between Marietta/Decatur and Alabama Streets will be closed entirely to all vehicular and foot traffic.
2. Peachtree Street between Alabama Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic, except local access
3. Forsyth Street between Marietta and Alabama Streets will be closed to vehicular traffic, except buses. This block will be buses only.
4. Forsyth Street between Alabama Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic, except local access

Detour signs will be in place for vehicles and pedestrians, but we at Central Atlanta Progress wanted to give you a heads up and a Downtowner’s summary of how to get around.

Vehicles planning to continue on Peachtree Street…
Southbound should follow the detours on Park Place and Pryor Street to MLK Jr. Drive
Northbound should follow the detour on MLK Jr. Drive to Spring Street to Marietta Street

Vehicles simply moving through Downtown should avoid Peachtree and Forsyth and use alternate routes including
Southbound along Courtland Street or Centennial Olympic Park Drive Northbound along Piedmont Avenue, Central Avenue/Peachtree Center Avenue

Pedestrian routes will be maintained one block away from Peachtree Street in either direction – along Broad Street and Forsyth Street to the west and Pryor Street to the east.

The Five Points MARTA Station will remain open and fully functional. Some bus routes that pick up and drop off at or near the station will be modified. Please check with the transit operators for more details.

For more details and a map of the closures and detours visit the Georgia Department of Transportation’s project website.

Questions about the construction project and the detours can be directed to Mark McKinnon with the Georgia Department of Transportation at

Questions about options for getting around Downtown can be directed to the Downtown Transportation Management Association at

2 Comments so far

  1. Paulie [eatl/ga] (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 1:04 am

    It’s a good thing that nobody actually goes to Underground.

  2. Maigh (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 8:01 am

    Yeah, I mean, forget about the hundreds of thousands of people that actually *work* in the area and the tourists that do (yes, really, I’ve seen them) who spur our economy.

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