Pedestrian bridge plan for Ga. 400/Lenox interchange moves ahead

A plan for a pedestrian bridge atop the Ga. 400/Lenox Road interchange is moving ahead, with a public input meeting scheduled for Sept. 19.

Led by the Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID), the concept is intended to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety at the enormous interchange, which includes eight ramps and nine motor vehicle lanes. The structure is also intended as the northern entrance to HUB404, a proposed park that would cap the highway between Lenox and Peachtree roads. 

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The Ga. 400/Lenox Road pedestrian bridge would double as a northern entrance to the highway-capping HUB404 park, which is seen from the north in this conceptual illustration. Credit: HUB404

Shown in conceptual illustrations as a curving structure, the bridge would provide connections both east-west, between Piedmont Road and Phipps Boulevard, and north-south, tying into the PATH400 multiuse trail. 

“This project addresses a crucial gap in Buckhead’s pedestrian and bike infrastructure,” said BCID Executive Director Jim Durrett in a press release. “Crossing the GA 400/Lenox Rd. interchange today on foot or by bike is a challenging proposition, to say the least. This elevated bridge will create a dramatically safer and more convenient way for pedestrians and cyclists to travel across Buckhead, particularly given the bridge’s connection to PATH400 and HUB404.”

The BCID says it is awaiting conceptual review by the Georgia Department of Transportation and hopes to begin construction in late 2024. Funding for the conceptual and design phases is already in place, according to the BCID.

The BCID considers the bridge as a “Phase III” of a larger streetscape plan for Lenox Road. That plan includes a boardwalk-like multiuse trail along Lenox between Peachtree and East Paces Ferry roads next to Lenox Square. 

The bridge meeting is scheduled for Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. and will be held virtually via Zoom at this link.