The Stitch proposes to create a continuous bridge, or “cap”, over the Downtown Connector between the Piedmont Ave. /Baker Highland bridge and the Ted Turner Drive bridge. This will be comprised of several new bridge structures “filling in” the existing bridges in this extent, in effect turning this section of the Downtown Connector into a ¾ mile tunnel. On top of these bridges will be the park and transportation improvements that comprise the Stitch.
The extents of the new park created by the Stitch will roughly follow the retaining walls bounding the Downtown Connector today. Planned transportation improvements for streets intersecting the Stitch may extend for several blocks to make logical transitions or connections.
Finally, while the Stitch won’t have direct control over the privately-owned properties surrounding the infrastructure improvements, the project team hopes to influence the affordable-focused redevelopment of these properties through strategic policy initiatives and partnerships.