Atlantic Station, an 138-acre innovative live/work/play community in Midtown Atlanta, was master-planned to offer some of the South's best restaurants and shopping, a sixteen screen theater and miles of paths for walking and biking.
The impressive new complex needed easy access from the most populated parts of town, sitting across 21 lanes of interstate from the main roads. Building this bridge and integrating the related roadways was a challenge that called on more ingenuity and experience than most engineers or construction firms might encounter anywhere.
There were several unique design challenges and a specific logistical mandate: construction activity was to be limited to nighttime hours and not to disrupt the traffic flow of the city's two major commuting highways. C.W. Matthews responded with effective planning that included a revised traffic control plan that reduced the number of detours to one and never interfered with mainline commuter traffic. Additionally, CWM engineered meaningful reduction of time and liability by shop-splicing girders to increase beam length while keeping the weight below the DOT maximum, reducing the number of pieces to be erected from 60 to 48.
The project required several ingenious solutions to deliver a structurally sound construction. The Matthews team delivered in spades:
This is a flagship project for C.W. Matthews, recognized by the Georgia Department of Transportation as its most notable project statewide for 2002.