The celebrated rainbow crosswalks in Midtown have survived selfies, storms and Atlanta traffic. But they were no match for road crews, who disemboweled a portion of them and repaved the LGBT-themed splash of color in asphalt black.
Curious queens noticed the damaged crosswalks at 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue, and began posting to social media on Tuesday. A portion of the pricey crosswalks closest to Flying Biscuit were dug up and repaved.
But rest assured, LGBT fans. The city says the crosswalks will be restored to their full rainbow beauty.
Atlanta public works crews repaved a portion of the intersection on Tuesday and will restore the rainbow crosswalks in 30 to 45 days, a city spokesperson told Project Q Atlanta on Wednesday.
The city spent $196,000 to install the rainbow crosswalks over the July 4th holiday last year. The price tag includes a year of maintenance and upkeep from contractors before the city's public works crews take responsibility for them, Atlanta officials said at the time. The crosswalks are expected to last 10 years.
In June 2017, then-Mayor Kasim Reed pledged to install the rainbow crosswalks – permanently – after volunteers raised funds for a temporary version during Atlanta Pride in 2015. A petition brought renewed publicity to the crosswalks earlier in 2017. Reed said the crosswalks would return during an announcement on June 12 – the first anniversary of the Pulse massacre in Orlando.
Photo courtesy Celeste Holmes