Atlanta near deal to let state close street next to capitol

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Posted at 6:12 PM, Jan 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-31 18:12:18-05

ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta City Council member says the city is nearing an agreement that will let the state permanently close part of a street that runs between the state capitol and a legislative office building to enhance security.

Council Member Michael Bond tells WAGA-TV that in exchange for the city agreeing to let the state close a block of Mitchell Street, the state will finance sidewalk and safety improvements along a state-owned road on the northwest side of Atlanta.

The block of Mitchell Street that runs between the capitol and the Coverdale Legislative Office Building has been closed for years during sessions of the General Assembly.

State officials have long been asking the city to let the street be permanently closed.