Southside Trail – Segments 2, 3, 4, 5

I-75 Underpass to Bill Kennedy Way // Subarea 2, 3

The project includes the design of a 14 foot wide concrete multi-use path and extending approximately 3.1 miles from the paved trail at Pittsburgh Yards (near the I-75 underpass) to the end of the unpaved Southside Trail at Bill Kennedy Way. Additional site elements include planting, lighting, retaining walls, vertical connections to adjoining streets, storm drainage, signage/wayfinding, and the replacement and rehabilitation of several bridges. The design also includes streetscape/accessibility improvements on all intersecting streets extending from the corridor to the nearest intersection or one-quarter mile, whichever was closest.

ABI was awarded a $500,000 Brownfield Cleanup Grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Grant funds will be used to clean up portions of the interim Southside Trail. Soil remediation will focus on 26 areas as identified in the Analysis of Brownfield Cleanup Alternatives (ABCA) previously prepared by United Consulting. The Analysis of Brownfield Cleanup Alternatives (ABCA) is available for viewing here. The report, part of an EPA grant, provides information about any contamination found on site and alternatives for cleaning up any the contamination.

Southside Trail design and construction status as of September 2022.
Southside Trail design and construction status as of September 2022.

Project Status

  • The Southside Trail has project has been broken into six segments.
  • Southside Trail – Segments 2 – 3: The construction of Segments 2 and 3 is on track to be bid for construction in September 2023. This segment is tied to federal dollars and the federal construction process.
  • McDonough Tunnel: ABI has hired an engineering consultant to design potential solutions where the interim trail is flooding in the McDonough tunnel. Design engineering is complete, and pricing is in progress with a contractor. ABI will proceed with recommendations which includes the installation of drainage piping and additional gravel, while balancing cost, since this section of trail will be under construction very soon.
  • Southside Trail – Segments 4 – 5: ABI is currently on target to have the bid awarded and under contract by early 2023. The fiber relocation contractor has completed the bore across United Avenue and the bore under Ormewood Avenue will be in progress this week. The installation of manholes and pulling communications fiber into the new conduit will be the next step in the fiber relocation project. The trail construction start will be scheduled after all fiber relocation work is complete.The Segment 4 and 5 project scope includes the rebuilding of the bridge over United Avenue. ABI is coordinating with Georgia Power to bury the power lines on United Avenue underneath the new bridge crossing. This work is necessary to facilitate the use of cranes and construction equipment. The Georgia Power line burial work will require a lane closure. When a schedule is available, it will be provided. There is a tentative start date of mid-December.

Project Timeline

March 2018
The City of Atlanta and ABI purchased the southside corridor, representing more than 4 miles and 63 acres
August 2019
The Southside Trail opened for public use in an unpaved condition
July 2020
Emergency demolition of bridge over United Avenue
May 2021
Interim safety improvements along Bill Kennedy Way (Southside Trail - Segment 6) completed
May 2021
ABI awarded $4 million in grant funding from the Atlanta Regional Commission
November 2021
RAISE grant awarded for $16.46 million towards construction
August 2022
Brownfield remediation work completed by Reeves Young
August 2022
Invitation to Bid posted for construction of Southside Trail Segment 4 and 5
Utility relocation and remediation work

Last Updated: October 31, 2022