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. Southside Trail – Segments 2 and 3 make up 1.9 miles and Segments 4 and 5 are 1.2 miles.
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.
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 bid for construction this September, contingent upon federal review and release. This segment is tied to federal dollars and the federal construction process. Starting July 5, trail users will begin to see fiber relocation work taking place to move telecommunication lines out of the way of construction activities. Whenever equipment is in use on the trail, the contractor will have spotters in place. Work is expected to last through the end of August and will be Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays will be used for make-up weather days if necessary. Additionally, Georgia Power is working on power pole relocations.
Permitting and funding activities are ongoing and on schedule. Contingent upon the federal construction process, permitting, and utility relocation, the goal is to begin trail construction in early 2024.
- 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: The trail is officially closed for construction! It will be closed for the duration of construction, expected to last through spring 2025. Below are maps with options for detours. Please note that these are suggestions and there are more possible routes. People should decide on a route that works best for their safety, comfort level, and mode of transportation.
Last Updated: July 12, 2023