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.
  • Segment 1: originally called Southside Trail – West, this project is complete and open as a paved trail.
  • The construction of Segments 2 and 3 is still 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. ABI will proceed with recommendations which is expected to include 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: An Invitation to Bid was posted to hire a construction firm for Segments 4 and 5 on August 26. Fiber relocation work continues and, due to challenges at the United Avenue and Ormewood Avenue road crossings, may have an extended completion. The 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 of United Avenue.

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: August 30, 2022