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Jackson Street Bridge could get mini-park

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A popular Atlanta bridge could be getting its own mini park.

The City of Atlanta Planning Department recently announced the proposal aimed at transforming under-utilized streets into safer places. 

"It's really a remaking of the bridge taking advantage of the fact there's really a little too much asphalt and then reclaiming that for bikes and people," said Tim Keane.

Commissioner of City Planning Tim Keane says this is possible through a new program aimed at reforming the streets to make them safer. The department took submissions from the community and selected a few. 

"Right now people are kind of getting in the street and that's not good or they're parking in the bike lanes," said Keane.

Keane says this project is about safety but also transportation and making good use of the streets to include not just cars. 

"It's fundamentally what Atlanta needs to be doing in order for people to get around in the future."

The community came up with the concept and right now the city is finishing the design. Keane says we could see construction later this year.

"Atlanta won't succeed unless people don't have to drive so much and the only reason people will walk or ride their bike and walk to transit is if that experience is an enjoyable one."

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