H&L was retained to provide complete design services for the demolition and reconstruction of the viaduct, including the MLK Drive east approach bridges. Early coordination with the various stakeholders identified the need for a phased approach to the work so that local access to buildings and parking structures could be maintained throughout the effort. Stakeholder coordination was conducted through a planned series of workshops as well as one-on-one meetings. The design effort included preparation of a NEPA Categorical Exclusion (CE) document. Archaeological and historical special studies were very important to the project as the site has historical significance in the history of Atlanta. The detour plans for local and general traffic movements and their integration with the construction phases were made more complicated by the need to coordinate with other major downtown roadway projects underway nearby.