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SunTrust Park Pedestrian Bridges Not Ready For Exhibition

SunTrust Park is ready for Friday's exhibition, but pedestrian bridges from parking areas are not.
SunTrust Park is ready for Friday's exhibition, but pedestrian bridges from parking areas are not.
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SunTrust Park, the new Atlanta Braves stadium, will have three pedestrian bridges leading to parking areas. But as the Braves’ first exhibition game kicks off tomorrow, those bridges aren’t ready for pedestrian traffic.

Of the three bridges,the Windy Hill Bridge and the Windy Ridge Parkway Bridge will be accessible to both cars and pedestrians and will stretch across I-75. While the Windy Hill Bridge doesn’t go directly to the stadium, the Windy Ridge Parkway Bridge does, and comes from Interstate North Parkway, where the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, Marriott Hotels, and various office spaces are.

The third bridge, the 285 bridge, will be accessible only to pedestrians. This bridge also leads directly to the stadium and comes from an area close to Cobb Galleria, Cumberland Mall, and residential buildings.

Tad Leithead, the Chairman of the Cumberland Community Improvement District, said the bridges won’t be ready before the exhibition day.

“Work will go on beyond April the 14, but the bridges will be open for business. And that’s been part of the planning all along,” Leithead said.

He said all that’s left to do is mainly aesthetic.

“It was a challenge from the very beginning to have it fully complete in time for first pitch. So what we decided was that it would be operational in time for first pitch,” Leithead said.

Leithead said the Windy Hill Bridge and the Windy Ridge Parkway Bridge should be done before the end of the next month, but the 285 bridge probably won’t be finished until August.