A bridge over a Georgia interstate is part of the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District's plan to improve traffic flow and infrastructure aesthetics. Photo: Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District

Architect Peter Drey, who designed Atlanta's noted 14th Street bridge, is designing a grand entrance for another Georgia community.

The Jimmy Carter Boulevard bridge over I-85 “organizes the traditional elements of bridge architecture — bridgeheads, supporting structures, and pathways for both motorists and pedestrians — into a modern composition of dynamic shapes that recall historic highway bridges,” Drey says. “Its tall trusses are split in the center to emphasize its location astride the Eastern U.S. continental divide, a nationally significant geographical feature.” At night, the structure will be colorfully illuminated to illustrate the change of seasons.

The Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District, which is paying for the design, expects the investment to become a local landmark. “The bridge is the heart of our district,” says Executive Director Chuck Warbington.