Downtown sky bridge damaged during Thursday storms

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ATLANTA, Ga. - Forsyth Street in downtown Atlanta remains closed following damage during Thursday’s storms to the sky bridge that stretches across it.

The bridge connects both sides of the Sam Nunn Federal Center downtown.

Gusts of wind ripped away several heavy aluminum panels from the bridge, sending them crashing onto nearby streets and sidewalks.

Crews worked Friday to repair the bridge, but federal government officials said Forsyth Street will remain closed until they can be sure it is safe.

“It was crazy,” witness Nate Evans said. “It was the first time I’ve ever seen anything like that.”

Evans was one of several people to see the damage as it happened.

“It was crazy. It was like piece after piece after piece.  It just kept dropping and dropping,” Nate Evans said. “I’m glad no one got under and got hit by the pieces, but it was like dropping, dropping, dropping.”

Pedestrian traffic is also affected, with residents having to walk around the area as repairs continue.

One resident told Channel 2 Action News he is fine with finding alternate routes.

“I think y'all are doing a good job because you're saving lives, you know.  I ain't ready to go,” resident Gary Cooper said.


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