Pedestrian bridge proposed over Chattahoochee River

The proposed pedestrian/bicycle bridge over the Chattahoochee would cost $3.5 million and construction will not begin until 2015 at the earliest.

ROSWELL, Ga. – Roswell officials are planning for another bridge to cross the Chattahoochee River, only this one won’t be available to cars. Instead, it will support walkers, joggers and bikers.

Roswell, the Georgia Department of Transportation and Sandy Springs hosted a meeting Oct. 29 to unveil their plans for a pedestrian bridge to cross the ‘Hooch in parallel of Ga. 9.

It would connect sidewalks and recreational paths in the two cities.

“This completely integrates with our reversible lane project,” said Roswell Transportation Director Steve Acenbrak. “It’s intricate, but this is a big piece.”

Roswell has plans to take out the reversible lanes on South Atlanta Street/ Ga. 9 and completely redo the intersection of Ga. 9 and Azalea Drive.

The 625-foot bridge is expected to cost about $3.5 million and take a year to build. Roswell and Sandy Springs are splitting the bill with the federal government, which is taking the lion’s share of the cost.

Along with the bridge, the project includes sidewalks and paths leading up to it on either side, connecting it with the trail systems of the two cities.

The bridge will use arches to span the river.

Mark Holmberg, an engineer with Heath and Lineback Engineers and the project manager, said several designs were looked at.

“We studied six bridge-type options,” Holmberg said. “[Arches] provide affordable and aesthetic qualities.”

Holmberg said the bridge will be 12 feet wide and will include three outcroppings where people can stop and look out over the river or rest out of traffic.

Holmberg said the next step is to finish an environmental document for the federal government. If everything goes as planned, he said the project could start in late 2015.

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