The bridge required by the new Braves Stadium, sorry, Suntrust Park, to ferry fans across the Perimeter from the Galleria area to the stadium has reached the stage where you have to punch new holes at the end of the belt in order to make it stay on.
Let’s turn to the AJC to get us up to speed:
The AJC has previously reported on other costs associated with the bridge project that are not included in the county’s $9 million estimate — including the county’s $2 million estimate for land purchase; an estimated $3.5 million to reinforce a parking deck into which the bridge would tie; and approximately $800,000 to the bridge engineers.
Add to that what the AJC has more recently found: $500k to move (yet another) pipeline, and $2.2 million to get people over some sort of lake it looks like, bring the total up to a cool $17 million.
In case you were curious, that’s 2,720,000 slices of Oreo Cheesecake.
And there is no plan on the table that is anything but 100% public money.
This may be a surprise to Cobb County Commission Chairman Tim Lee, as he has reassured us time and time again that no public money would be used. But then again, he probably knew that was never true, as our story from November of last year indicated:
Cobb County let the Atlanta Regional Commission, which specifically stated that the traffic plans the County submitted would not work at all without people circulators (read as trolleys, trams, or buses), that they would be tapping Cobb’s share of federal transit funds to fund 50% of the construction cost. Cobb County taxpayers would be responsible for the other half. That was in June.
But in July when asked if tax money would go toward the bridge construction, Tim Lee responded “Probably not. No. I doubt it,” Lee responded. “I doubt it seriously.”
We are getting closer and closer to the reality that is the Cheesecake Factory Bus Jump.