Atlanta BeltLine Design and Construction Updates: March 2022

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. Click here to catch up on February’s design and construction updates.

Atlanta BeltLine design and construction updates March 2022
Atlanta BeltLine design and construction updates March 2022

Northeast Trail

  • Northeast TrailSegment 1: Design of this segment, between Monroe Drive and Westminster Drive is at 30%.
  • Northeast TrailSegment 2: The contract for construction has been executed and construction is anticipated to start in April for specific activities not limited by outstanding permits. Once final permits are received, ideally by the second quarter of this year, construction work will proceed fully. A community meeting to introduce the contractor, Reeves Young, to the community and discuss project details is scheduled for April 13 at 6:30 p.m. Details for that virtual meeting are here.
  • Northeast TrailSegment 3: The mainline Northeast Trail (NET3 on the map above) and corresponding connecting trails (NET C1, C2, C3, and C4) are now at 30% design.
  • A Northeast Study Group meeting took place March 22nd to launch the process to update the Subarea 6 Master Plan, which includes parts of the Northeast and Eastside Trails. View the presentation and watch the video here.
  • 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

  • Reynoldstown Community Space: ABI’s Arts and Culture department will be holding the next public meeting on the site of the future community space on Tuesday, April 5. View meeting details here. In February, the art and design firm, make/do studio, presented their concept and solicited input on what people would like to see in this grassy open site along the Eastside Trail just north of Memorial Drive.
  • Transit planning: On February 8, contractors for MARTA began geotechnical work on the eastside corridor as part of transit planning for the future light rail system. More info can be found in this blog post: MARTA performing field investigations along eastside corridor.
  • Freedom Parkway spur trail: Installation of light poles and cameras on the Freedom Parkway/Elizabeth Street spur trail is underway as part of ABI’s ongoing efforts to enhance the trail user experience on connector trails. Work is expected to take approximately 5 weeks, weather permitting. Partial trail closures may be expected during working hours, but the spur should remain open.
  • Ponce Streetscapes: An Invitation to Bid (ITB) was posted at the beginning of the month for a construction firm to execute the streetscape improvements. Bids are due in mid-April.
Geotechnical boring taking place on the Eastside Trail as part of transit planning. Photo by The Sintoses. March 14, 2022.
Geotechnical boring taking place on the Eastside Trail as part of transit planning. Photo by The Sintoses. March 14, 2022.

Southside Trail

  • Southside TrailSegment 1: The installation of lights and cameras is complete on the access trails leading into the Southside Trail. A connecting sidewalk will be added at Manford Road, for which design and permitting work is complete. Construction pricing is currently underway.
  • Southside Trail – Segments 2 – 3: The construction of Segments 2 and 3, which is tied to federal dollars and the federal construction process, is targeting a construction bid date of summer 2023.
  • Southside Trail – Segments 4 – 5: Kimley Horn, the design engineering consultant, anticipates finalizing construction documents for Segments 4 and 5 this month, and will then start the permitting process for the project.  An Invitation to Bid for construction will follow the permitting and advanced construction work activities, which include brownfield remediation and two fiber relocation projects. Fiber relocation work is expected to begin in April. Crews will install the work by boring (drilling) the conduit. Impacts to trail users should be minimal. Brownfield remediation work is under contract to Reeves Young and is also expected to start in April. The environmental consultant, United Consultant, will be on the interim trail over the next two weeks staking areas where soil remediation work is required. The Segment 4 and 5 project scope includes the rebuilding of the bridge of United Avenue. A Southwest + Southeast Study Group meeting was held March 28 to provide updates on the brownfield work. View the presentation and watch the recording here.
  • Details on each Southside Trail segment can be found in our design and construction updates section: Segments 2, 3, 4, and 5.
  • The Southside Trail received $5 million as part of the Fiscal Year 2022 omnibus appropriations bill passed by Congress in mid-March.
  • Boulevard Crossing Park: Design documents are anticipated to be at 100% completion before the end of the year.
Southside Trail lighting and cameras on the spur trail to Manford Road. March 16, 2022.
Southside Trail lighting and cameras on the spur trail to Manford Road. March 16, 2022.

Westside Trail

  • Westside TrailSegment 3: Construction on this 1.2-mile segment is substantially complete, except for the bridge work over the railroad corridor at Marietta Boulevard. The bridge work is on hold until permits are finalized with Norfolk Southern railroad. Milling and paving of Marietta Boulevard is scheduled to take place in two phases, weather permitting, beginning April 4, 2022. Work will take place one lane at a time and will not require any full road closures. Traffic control will be provided. This project is expected to complete by the end of the summer due to permitting delays.
Volunteers install trees and shrubs along the connector trail from the Westside BeltLine Connector up to the Westside Trail. Photo by John Becker. March 5, 2022.
  • Westside TrailSegment 4: As part of ongoing design work, crews conducted boring activities at the end of Ollie Circle mid-month. They also removed a few trees near the Hollowell Parkway bridge over the future trail in order to support borings for ramp design and construction. Design is at 60% for this segment of the Westside Trail that will connect from Washington Park to the southern end of Segment 3.
  • A public meeting was held virtually On March 7 that covered updates on both segments 3 and 4. View the video and 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 4 rendering of the Lena Street gateway by Washington Park. Rendering represents 60% design.
Westside Trail – Segment 4 rendering of the Lena Street gateway by Washington Park. Rendering represents 60% design.
Westside Trail - Segment 4 rendering of the planned promenade by Mayson Turner Road. Rendering represents 60% design.
Westside Trail – Segment 4 rendering of the planned promenade by Mayson Turner Road. Rendering represents 60% design.
Westside Trail - Segment 4 rendering of the "Kudzu Line." Rendering represents 60% design.
Westside Trail – Segment 4 rendering of the “Kudzu Line.” Rendering represents 60% design.
Westside Trail - Segment 4 rendering of a planned overlook along the "Kudzu Line." Rendering represents 60% design.
Westside Trail – Segment 4 rendering of a planned overlook along the “Kudzu Line.” Rendering represents 60% design.
Westside Trail - Segment 4 rendering of the underpass below Hollowell Parkway. Rendering represents 60% design.
Westside Trail – Segment 4 rendering of the underpass below Hollowell Parkway. Rendering represents 60% design.

Northwest Trail

Northside Trail

  • CSX has begun removing and replacing the wooden railroad trestle that runs between Tanyard Creek Park and Ardmore Park and over the Atlanta BeltLine Northside Trail. The work is expected to last through 2022. Detour signs are posted with routes, which will include using Collier Road and Ardmore Road to navigate around the closure. Construction hours will be 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. City of Atlanta Parks Department, along with PATH Foundation, are the project leads with CSX and Brasfield Gorrie. Please reach out to tanyardpark@brasfieldgorrie.com with any questions. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. is supporting communications efforts around the trail closure.

2 thoughts on this article. Join the discussion below

  1. The “Northeast Study Group meeting that took place March 22nd.” might not be in the right place under “Northeast Trail – Segment 2” because that meeting was on the SubAera 6 Master Plan Update so it affected the Northeast Trail Segments 1&2 as well as the northern part of the Eastside Trail.

    1. Hi Philip – good call. I adjusted it to be its own bullet where it makes more sense. Thanks!
      ~Jenny

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