Atlanta BeltLine Design and Construction Updates: July 2021

Below you will find recent updates and photos of each of our Atlanta BeltLine projects in construction or design along with links to get more general information about each project. Additionally, you can explore current design and construction projects via map and list view here. These projects play a pivotal role in furthering the Atlanta Beltline vision to be the catalyst for making Atlanta a global beacon for equitable, inclusive, and sustainable city life. 

All upcoming and past public meetings (still being held virtually) can be found at www.beltline.org/meetings. Our third Quarterly Briefing will take place on September 9, 2021. Click here to catch up on June’s design and construction updates.

Atlanta BeltLine design and construction projects July 2021
Atlanta BeltLine design and construction projects July 2021

Northeast Trail

  • Northeast Trail, Segment 1: In the next few months, ABI will install additional gravel on the unpaved Northeast Trail from Monroe Drive to the newly paved portion of Segment 2. Once work begins, it is expected to take approximately 30 days to complete and will require intermittent and limited trail closures.
  • Northeast Trail – Segment 2, Phase II: The complete drawings are expected to be ready to bid for construction by late fall to extend Phase I for the full 1.2 miles between Westminster Drive and Mayson Street and to build out the remaining elements of Phase I (lighting, security cameras, and landscaping). This work will proceed to construction once SSD funding is finalized.
  • Northeast Trail – Segments 3-6: A virtual community meeting took place on July 15 to update on progress on the trail design and potential alignments for trail and transit around I-85 and Armor-Ottley on Segment 3 of the trail. Two options for crossing the railroad corridor have been submitted to Norfolk Southern for review, and one of the options appears to be workable from the perspective of the railroad. Design work continues to progress for segments 4, 5, and 6. View the meeting recording and / or download the presentation.
  • Details on each Northeast Trail segment can be found in our design and construction updates section: Segment 1, Segment 2, Segments 3-6.

Eastside Trail

  • Ponce de Leon Avenue Streetscapes: ABI’s contractor will proceed with work on Ponce streetscapes in July. The project is expected to last 18 months through December of 2022. The streetscapes will improve pedestrian and cycling conditions between Boulevard and Freedom Parkway and build ramp access between the street and the Eastside Trail.
  • Capital Improvements: Starting in July, ABI will be adding a 2-foot wide soft shoulder to both sides of the Eastside Trail between Monroe Drive and Irwin Street. Work is wrapping up at Drewry Street to mitigate storm water issues. Final grading and seeding is expected to be complete by the beginning of August.
    Storm water management along the Eastside Trail at Drewry Street.
    Storm water management along the Eastside Trail at Drewry Street. July 22, 2021.

    Storm water management along the Eastside Trail at Drewry Street. July 22, 2021.
    Storm water management along the Eastside Trail at Drewry Street. July 22, 2021.

Southside Trail

  • Southside TrailSegment 1: Work on the first segment of the paved Southside Trail is nearly finished with an estimated completion date coming later this summer. Please stay tuned for news about a grand opening for this segment.
Bridge construction on the Southside Trail West at Pittsburgh Yards. July 24, 2021.
  • Southside TrailSegments 2, 3, 4, and 5: The City and ABI submitted an application at the beginning of July for a FY21 USDOT RAISE grant in July for $22 million to support construction of almost 2 miles of the Southside Trail within segments 2 and 3, from Pittsburgh Yard by the Downtown Connector to Boulevard. The drawings for the Southside Trail are at 90% complete and work is in progress to align and confirm budgets and bring the drawings to 100% complete. The cost to construct these segments will be covered by SSD funding. Federal grants will also be used for Segments 2 and 3.
  • Details on each Southside Trail segment can be found in our design and construction updates section: Segment 1 (West Segment) and Segments 2, 3, 4, and 5.

Westside Trail

  • Westside Trail – Segment 3: Construction continues by the PATH Foundation in conjunction with ABI on this 1.2 mile-long segment between Law Street and Huff Road along Marietta Boulevard. New curbs have been installed along much of the project length and forms have been set for concrete pouring. Storm water reconfiguration and repairs, and utility relocations are also underway. The multi-use trail is anticipated to be complete by early 2022.
  • Westside Trail – Segment 4: A virtual meeting was held on July 26 to present the community with the design of the preferred concept alignment for this 1.3-mile trail segment that extends the Westside Trail north from Washington Park to the intersection of Westside BeltLine Connector north of Hollowell Parkway. The next step will be to have the preferred concept alignment go into design development. View the meeting recording and / or download the presentation.
  • Details on each Westside Trail segment can be found in our design and construction updates section: Segment 3 and Segment 4.
    Westside Trail - Segment 3 under construction along Marietta Boulevard. July 12, 2021.
    Westside Trail – Segment 3 under construction along Marietta Boulevard. July 12, 2021.
    Westside Trail - Segment 3 under construction along Marietta Boulevard. July 12, 2021.
    Westside Trail – Segment 3 under construction along Marietta Boulevard. July 12, 2021.

    Rendering of the Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail along Marietta Boulevard looking south.
    Rendering of the Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail along Marietta Boulevard looking south.

Northwest Trail

  • ABI and PATH Foundation continue to advance the alignment study of the Northwest Trail. The next public meeting will be held on August 2, 2021. Details and registration are available at www.beltline.org/meetings.

6 thoughts on this article. Join the discussion below

    1. Hi Rebecca – no updates at this time as the timeline is still the same with segments 4 and 5 expected to be bid this year.
      Thank you!
      Jenny

  1. My garden club is considering doing some gardening on the Southside trail. What are the requirements and who do we contact?

    1. Hi – thank you for your interest in enhancing the plant palette on the Southside Trail. Unfortunately, we do not allow outside parties to plant in our corridor in general. Additionally, this area will be going into construction within the next 18 months.
      ~Jenny

  2. When will the Southside trail connection to the Westside trail reopen? As it is, you have to get off the trail at Pryor Rd and go west on University to get back to continuous trail.

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