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 took place on September 9, 2021. Download the presentation and view the recording. Click here to catch up on August’s design and construction updates.
- Northeast Trail –Segment 2: The design is in the final stages for Phase II of this segment, which will extend the paved trail north to Mayson Street and south to Westminster Drive, bringing it to a total segment length of 1.2 miles. The work will include lighting, landscaping and security cameras. Phase II is expected to bid for construction before the end of 2021.
- Northeast Trail – Segments 1, 3, and 4:
- Beginning Sept. 28, a gravel path approximately 14 feet wide will be installed on the existing unpaved trail, starting at the wooden bridge over Clear Creek behind Ansley Mall and working down to Monroe Drive. Some trail closures will be required and signs and detour routes will be clearly posted. Work should be complete by the end of October, barring any unforeseen circumstances. This project is made possible thanks to a generous contribution from the Speedwell Foundation.
- The Locally Preferred Alternative was announced in July 2021 and a concept meeting took place this month. The target for construction letting is Spring 2024.
- Details on each Northeast Trail segment can be found in our design and construction updates section: Segment 1, Segment 2, Segments 3-6.
- Capital Improvements: Work is progressing on the installation of a 2-foot wide soft shoulder to both sides of the Eastside Trail between Monroe Drive and Irwin Street. This project should be completed in the next few months. We appreciate your patience as crews work alongside the trail.
- Ponce de Leon Avenue Streetscapes: While work was scheduled to start in July, ABI will be rebidding this project. We will communicate updates on this project as we have them.
- Southside Trail – Segment 1: The first segment of the Southside Trail is now open! The construction fences came down September 8, 2021, and the official ribbon cutting will take place on October 12 at 9:30 a.m. alongside the trail at Pittsburgh Yards.
- The drawings for the balance of the Southside Trail (Segments 2-5) 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.
- Southside Trail – Segments 4 and 5: Work on Segments 4 and 5 (between Boulevard and Glenwood Avenue) is expected to be ready to bid in the fall of 2022, contingent upon permitting receipt and the completion of utility relocation work.
- Southside Trail – Segments 2 and 3: These segments, that make up nearly two miles between Pittsburgh Yards and Boulevard, will follow with a bid date expected in summer of 2023. The City and ABI applied for a FY21 USDOT RAISE grant in July 2021 for $22 million to support construction of these segments. Federal grants will also be used for Segments 2 and 3, which requires a longer timeline for design approvals.
- 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 – 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. Construction of the multi-use trail is roughly 50% complete and anticipated to be complete by early 2022.
- Westside Trail – Segment 4: Design of this segment between the existing Westside Trail at Washington Park and the Westside BeltLine Connector at Hollowell Parkway is approximately 30% complete. Design work is expected to be completed within a year.
- Details on each Westside Trail segment can be found in our design and construction updates section: Segment 3 and Segment 4.
- ABI and PATH Foundation are continuing the trail alignment study on the Northwest Trail. Eight options are under consideration organized into three main corridors. The next public meeting will be held in November.
- ABI has secured an easement with QTS in the Knight Park/Howell Station neighborhood for future Atlanta BeltLine corridor needs. ABI is currently studying this area with the PATH Foundation to identify possible alignments for future Atlanta BeltLine mainline or spur trails.
- All meeting info is available at www.beltline.org/meetings. Click here for background and info on the Northwest Trail.
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Very disappointed that the Southside trail isn’t going to see any traction until fall 2022. I think the original plan was early 2022 for bidding? I wish it could at least be cleaned up of large rocks and rubble all over to improve walkability and biking.
Hi Rebecca – I will share your comments with our team. Timelines can shift based on funding and other factors, but we’re working diligently to advance the Southside Trail.
The interim of the United Bridge repair was also scrapped due to expected pending, but if work isn’t going to start for another year or more, it would be nice to reconsider a bridge repair.
Yeah, the southside trail is key to connecting the two main chunks of beltline. I’m sad it’s pushed so far out.
I’m wondering if there’s a way that a bunch of volunteers could add pea gravel or something to improve it? It is very rough and tough for bikes and people.
I would totally buy some gravel bags and lay them on the southside trail if I knew 1,000 other people were going to do that with me.
And while we’re talking about smoothing out the SST, it could use a temporary fix for the drainage problem on the east side of Boulevard. We’ve needed waders to to get through a short section where water ponds up on the sides a covers the trail after hard rains. Is a temporary fix possible?
Hi John – we’ll be fixing it when construction comes through.
The Westside Trail Segment 3 construction along Mariette Boulevard was said on the quarterly briefing to be facing permitting issues for the northern section across the bridge over the railway lines to opposite the western end of Huff Road. That railway bridge has a lot of truck traffic and most of it comes around its western corner from West Marietta Street. Is it feasible with all the truck traffic to build a safe trail across West Marietta Street and the railway bridge ?
Hi Philip – we hope to have permitting issues resolved in the coming month in order to move forward on construction with approved designs from both railroads. We are also working with the City of Atlanta for the timing of the additional pedestrian signals to allow for safer crossing at the corner.
Thank you for the good news that you should get a permit soon to put the trail over the Marietta Boulevard bridge. I noticed the truck traffic over the bridge and around the West Marietta Street corner comes from that being the only truck route in/out of the Norfolk Southern Inman Yard. I hope the plans for a pedestrian bridge from the future connector spur through Howell Station up to West Marietta Street and over to Huff Road can be realized to provide a safer link from the Westside Trail segment to the Northwest Trail segment.
Why the hold up the North east until 2024? We’re excited to connect with the rest of the city!
Hi John, we have to take a phased approach to the trail build-out due to resources.