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Busy downtown roadway shuts down for repairs

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If you work or live in downtown Atlanta, your commute may soon be a lot worse as one of the city's most-traveled roads has been shut down for repairs.

Repair crews are working to replace the failing Courtland Street Bridge, which is located between Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Gilmer Street near the Georgia State Capitol and Georgia State University. 

GDOT says their approach to removing the existing bridge will not require blasting or implosions, which reduces the field of debris.

CBS46 found that Fulton County has 28 structurally deficient bridges alone. The Courtland Street Bridge is one of four high-priority bridges in the county.

As the project is under construction, buses and cars will have to follow Edgewood Avenue, Pryor Street and Mitchell Street for an eighth of a mile. Cars will also be able to use Gilmer Street, Jesse Hill Junior Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive around the closures.

In addition, signed detours will guide pedestrians through pathways on Collins Street, while foot traffic on Courtland Street will be directed away from construction activity to offsite routes. 

The bridge is 110 years-old and the $25 million construction project is expected to last around six months.

Video featuring more information on the project (App users, tap here for the video)

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