Progress on the southern extension of the Eastside Trail is moving along, and more work will be happening the week of October 17. For three weeks, the sidewalk on the east side of the Krog Tunnel will close for work on the portion of the trail that will run under Hulsey Yard. While this work is underway, the west side of the tunnel will remain open and traffic through the tunnel will not be affected.
During the closure, the east side of the tunnel will be resurfaced with the installation of new pavers. The work will provide an even pedestrian surface and aid drainage in the tunnel. Additionally, new lights and railings will be installed.
This first phase of the extension picks up southern end of the Eastside Trail at Irwin Street and goes through Reynoldstown to Kirkwood Avenue. When funding is available, the second phase of construction will extend the trail to Memorial Drive, rebuilding the old rail bridge over Fulton Terrace/Mauldin Street.
Work began on the trail’s extension earlier this year. To date, work has been done on Wylie to move water lines in preparation for the construction of the trail. The 10-foot multi-use trail will run along the north side of Wylie, with sidewalk and streetscape improvements on the south side of the street. Kirkwood Avenue was also temporarily closed to install underground stormwater infrastructure. Additionally, duct-banks are being installed on the trail north of Kirkwood, as well as between Irwin Street and Dekalb Avenue.
When completed, the Eastside Trail’s southern extension will expand on the initial 2-mile trail that runs from Piedmont Park to Old Fourth Ward/Inman Park, opening up access to the Atlanta BeltLine for Reynoldstown and Cabbagetown residents and helping to incentivize development along Memorial Drive. Stay tuned for more updates as construction progresses.