Beltline bridge hoisted over closed highway overnight

UPDATED Thursday, August 29, 2013 --- 4:15 a.m.
Reporter: Phil Levin

Crews closed the Beltline and raised two massive steel bridges over the highway early Thursday morning.

The project will complete a Cannonball Path pedestrian and bike route over the Todd. Dr. exit. The construction team plans to open the path in October.

The two sections installed overnight span 360 feet over the highway. Each piece is 16 feet wide and weighs 150,000 lbs.

The project will include two additional bridge spans over the frontage roads. Installation of those sections is scheduled for Sep. 9 but the Beltline will remain open. Including ramps, the entire raised portion will extend 900 ft.


Posted Tuesday, August 20, 2013 --- 4:40 p.m.

Beltline traffic will be closed in both directions between Fish Hatchery Rd. and Verona Road overnight on August 28th.

The closure takes place from 10:00 p.m. August 28th to 5:00 a.m. August 29th.

Edward Kraemer and Sons will be setting trusses for the Cannonball Path bike and pedestrian overpass of the Beltline.

Westbound: Traffic will exit off of the Beltline onto Fish Hatchery Road, proceed south on Fish Hatchery Road, west on McKee Road, north on Verona Road and west back onto the Beltline.

Eastbound: Traffic will exit off of the Beltline at Verona Road, proceed south on Verona Road, east on McKee Road, north on Fish Hatchery Road and east back onto the Beltline.

Signs will be posted ahead of the closure to warn drivers.

Both north and south frontage roads will remain open during the Beltline closure.

Drivers should find alternative routes to avoid delays.

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