Peachtree Mall's main entrance to be closed for a couple months

spedersen@ledger-enquirer.comSeptember 11, 2013 

The main entrance of Peachtree Mall, 3131 Manchester Expressway, will be closed a couple of months, according to general manager Chris McCoy.

McCoy said Tuesday the entrance where Manchester Expressway and University Avenue intersect will be completely replaced as part of a capital plan to keep up the property.

"Everything in and around the area is being removed," McCoy said. "It was getting near the end of its useful life."

All other entrances to the mall will remain open, including the entrance near the I-185 exit and the one near the theatre.

A bridge will be put in to replace the old entrance, which is the Georgia Department of Labor's right of way. The DOT issued a permit to Peachtree Mall to reconstruct the area.

The project is being funded by Peachtree Mall, but McCoy would not disclose the dollar amount.

DOT officials said Monday the contractor will be putting in what's called a CON/SPAN culvert, which is a newer prefabricated bridge design that is more environmentally friendly. According to this website, the modular bridge system produces rapid installation results in reduced overall project costs, delays and detours.

Motorists and mall goers may have already seen the barricaded entrance. It was closed off to the public Monday. McCoy hopes to have the construction done before holiday shopping gets started in November.

The 37-year-old mall has seen several improvements over the last few years, including roof replacement, new carpet, repaving, a new sign and more. The general manager said there is a five-year plan to renovate almost every part of its property.

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