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Once Georgia Tech made the strategic decision to expand their campus into Midtown, a seamless connection between both sides of the campus became essential. The Fifth Street Bridge is designed to be user-friendly for pedestrians, bicycle, and vehicles alike, all while concealing its identity as a bridge over a noisy interstate highway by introducing a continuous urban park environment. This new green space has become a popular venue for a wide variety of student activities.
Views and sounds of the interstate are masked by raised planters and trees, while spectacular views of the Atlanta skyline are preserved. A trellis adjacent to the sidewalk further enhances the sensation of being in a park and lends shade and seating to the pedestrian experience. Ecos Environmental Design worked with our team on the development of a cohesive planting design for the bridge.
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