The Second Street Transformation project is a multi-phase renovation and upgrade of an existing and aged transportation corridor connecting I-75 and I-16 through downtown Macon. The project is based on the National Complete Streets Coalition’s concept of safe, comfortable, and convenient access to community destinations and public places–whether walking, driving, bicycling, or taking public transportation. The Complete Streets concept integrates people and place in the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of our transportation networks.
The third phase of the project involved demolition of the existing 120-year-old “Hump” bridge and construction of a new T-beam bridge to connect Little Richard Penniman Boulevard and Mercer University with Second Street and downtown Macon.
To accommodate the new bridge–which spans over 70 feet in length–the road had to be raised 13 feet above the existing grade at the highest point. Site work consisted of storm sewer, street lights, rerouting and termination of existing water and gas lines, as well as curb and gutter, asphalt, striping and sidewalks. Due to the elevation of the road, taller power lines were placed to relocate overhead electrical lines. Existing underground data and telecom lines that ran through the existing bridge were also relocated before demolition took place.
We have been working on this connection for many years…we are bringing our neighborhoods, shops, restaurants, government services, and entertainment district closer together with a bikeable, walkable, and safe corridor.
Robert Reichert, Former Mayor, Macon-Bibb County