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Thirty-year-old pedestrian bridge connecting Emory University Hospital to clinics removed

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Janet Christenbury
Just five days after the new Emory University Hospital bridge opened to pedestrians, the old bridge, which connected Clinics A and B to the hospital, was removed from service and taken down.
Clifton Road was closed for just over 48 hours while construction crews cut through the 30-year-old bridge and lowered it down in sections with the help of cranes. Construction workers removed 20,000 pounds of glass from the 90,000-pound bridge before lowering the sections into the middle of Clifton Road.
The old bridge, which was erected in 1987, was the main pedestrian thoroughfare between Clinics A and B, the hospital and the parking deck.
"A larger, wider bridge is now needed to help us transport patients across Clifton Road to the new hospital addition, which has 232 patient rooms," says Bryce Gartland, MD, CEO of Emory University Hospital. "The new bridge concourse connects Emory University Hospital to the new hospital tower, Emory Clinic Buildings A and B and to Winship Cancer Institute. The new design should make it easier for patients to find their way throughout our facilities."  
Work also continues on the Clifton Road Streetscape Project, a project to improve access, safety and visual appeal along Clifton Road. The construction begins at the intersection of Clifton Road and Haygood Drive/Eagle Row and extends south to the intersection of Clifton Road and North Decatur Road.
The project involves widening the road and sidewalks, repaving Clifton Road, adding turn lanes, adding medians to calm traffic as well as new landscaping, and creating new access points to the road.
The Clifton Road Streetscape project supports Emory University Hospital’s new hospital tower. Both the road improvements and the hospital tower are expected to be completed later this year.

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