Buena Vista Road Improvements at Spiderweb

This $44 million overpass eases congestion along the busy half-mile “Spiderweb” section of Buena Vista Road in Columbus, Georgia. Trains that entered the Columbus railyards had long been causing significant traffic delays for motorists traveling to Midtown and Downtown Columbus. Funded through the Transportation Investment Act (TIA), the overpass project eliminated the Norfolk Southern Railroad at-grade crossing on Buena Vista Road, near MLK Boulevard. Additionally, it replaced a second bridge over Bull Creek near St. Marys Road and Buena Vista Road due to safety concerns. Nearby roads, including Ilges Road, Morris Road, and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, also received substantial upgrades.

CHA coordinated with Norfolk Southern Railroad to minimize disruptions to rail operations. We conducted an in-depth traffic study, which resulted in the incorporation of three signal designs, three roundabouts, and a connector road. The project’s staging complexity necessitated the installation of four temporary signals. We also completed subsurface utility engineering (SUE) inspections in the utility-heavy corridor. The project also required two sizable retaining walls.

This relocation enhances corridor safety and alleviates congestion associated with the train crossings. The addition of murals celebrating Columbus’ heritage beautify the corridor, while multi-use trail connectivity fosters links between the Dragonfly trail network, schools, parks, churches, and residences.

Project summary


The four-lane bridge over the tracks will alleviate congestion caused by incoming trains.

1/2 mi.

Half-mile section of roadway dubbed "Spiderweb" due to many intersections.


Three new signal designs and three new roundabouts are incorporated.

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Pervez Iqbal, PE*

Pervez Iqbal, PE*
Project Team Leader, Principal Engineer

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Pervez is a transportation engineer with over a decade of expertise, focusing on roadway design and project management. His extensive portfolio includes leadership roles in multi-lane urban and rural highway widenings and innovative delivery interstate projects. In 2020, Pervez earned prestigious recognition as the Top Young Professional in the Southeast by Engineering News-Record (ENR) and was named among the ENR Top 20 Under 40 nationally.