**Update for clarity: Cyclists are encouraged to use the road when traveling on Wylie Street to reduce congestion on the multi-use trail but are also permitted to ride on the trail.
Many of our neighbors in and around Reynoldstown have asked what will happen when the Eastside Trail is extended down Wylie Street. Most of the Atlanta BeltLine’s construction takes place in old rail corridors, separating trail and transit from on-street traffic. But in some areas, the corridor doesn’t connect perfectly and needs to utilize roadways to complete the loop. This is the case with the Eastside Trail’s southern extension, which is bisected by Hulsey Yard, an active rail yard used by CSX.
With the old rail corridor terminating at Dekalb Avenue, the trail needs to continue by way of Krog Street and Wylie Street until it can return to the corridor near Flat Shoals Avenue. The challenge of construction down Wylie Street is accommodating the multi-use trail, vehicular traffic, and some on-street parking within a relatively narrow space.
Design for this area calls for a 10-foot multi-use trail on the north side of the road, buffered from traffic by landscaping. On the south side, on-street parking will be preserved where it is presently available, and new crosswalks will accompany sidewalks for pedestrians. Bicycles traveling in either directions will remain on-street, or may walk their wheels on the trail.
Work on the extension has already begun, and Wylie Street will undergo closures within the next several weeks for the first phase of construction. Keep visiting the Atlanta BeltLine blog for specifics on road closures and construction updates.