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Eastside Trail Extension Traffic Advisories

Eastside Trail Extension Route Changes

The Eastside Trail's extension is currently being constructed south through Reynoldstown. The construction will result in several route changes to bypass construction zones. Read up on the traffic advisories here to get all the facts about the route changes!

Irwin Street NE closure

WHEN: 24/7 beginning March 20, for 14 – 30 days as needed.

WHERE: Intersection of Irwin Street and Eastside Trail (between Sampson Street/Auburn Avenue and Krog Street, Old Fourth Ward/Inman Park area).

HOW: During the closure period, detour routes will be established to route vehicular traffic around the closure. See map below. The detour routes are as follows:

  • For vehicular traffic on Irwin: If traveling east, turn right at Auburn Avenue, left at Randolph Street, left at Edgewood Avenue, and left at Krog Street. If traveling west, turn left at Krog Street, right at Edgewood Avenue, and right at Auburn Avenue.
  • To access the Eastside Trail: The Eastside Trail can be accessed from the west side by way of John Wesley Dobbs Avenue, Highland Avenue, and East Avenue (via Alaska Avenue). Note that only the East Avenue access point is ADA-accessible. The Eastside Trail can be accessed from the east side by way of Elizabeth Street. Use Irwin Street/Lake Avenue, making a left on Elizabeth.

Irwin Closure Map

WHY: Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. contractors will close Irwin Street where it intersects the Eastside Trail in order to construct a portion of the Eastside Trail Extension. This construction will include adding a speed table to Irwin Street to create a safer pedestrian environment where the trail crosses the road. Rapid-flashing beacons will guide traffic across the intersection and over the speed table. To install a speed table, which creates a raised surface for pedestrian crossing, the surface must be elevated at a gradual grade, requiring the work to extend beyond the speed table and into the road and trail surface. The work also requires excavating more than 12 inches into the road, requiring a full road closure for the duration of the construction period.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: A community meeting was held on March 2 to provide construction updates and Irwin Street closure details.  A direct mailing to affected residents at more than 1,200 addresses went out February 23.

Eastside Trail bypass at 670/690 DeKalb Avenue NE

WHEN: To be determined. More information to follow.

WHERE: The Eastside Trail, between Edgewood Avenue and DeKalb Avenue, where the trail runs adjacent to the developments at 670/690 DeKalb Avenue.

HOW: While the development of 670/690 DeKalb Avenue is under construction, a bypass will be established for the portion of the trail (approx. 600 feet) will within the construction site. During this period, the site will be fenced off and unavailable to pedestrians. Pedestrians should use the vertical connection at Edgewood and walk to Krog Street as a bypass.

WHY: Unlike many construction sites along the Atlanta BeltLine, the development at 670/690 DeKalb encompasses both sides of the Atlanta BeltLine trail. Because of the nature of the corridor in this area and limited vehicular accessibility, construction equipment and heavy machinery will be constantly trafficking the area, creating an unsafe environment for pedestrians. Use of the ramp to Edgewood Avenue to bypass the construction area does not materially increase the distance trail users will need to travel, nor does it introduce any new street crossings. Ultimately, the closure will create a safer pedestrian environment. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2018. When work is completed and this portion of trail opens, this stretch will be a vibrant space with retail, restaurants, and plazas. Additionally, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. and North American Properties have worked together to preserve the corridor for a transit option beneath the development.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: North American Properties led community engagement efforts for development of the property. See the full list of community engagement meetings here. 

Krog Street NE Tunnel closure

WHAT: Krog Steet NE Tunnel closure

WHEN: To be determined. More information to follow.

WHERE: The east side of Krog Street, within the tunnel beneath Hulsey Yard between DeKalb Avenue and Wylie Street.

HOW: Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. will close portions of the Krog Tunnel to continue work installing handrails on the newly paved connection between the Eastside Trail at DeKalb Avenue and Wylie Street. Traffic will be redirected to the west side of the tunnel during this period.

WHY: Safety is paramount to Atlanta BeltLine infrastructure. New pavers and lighting have been installed on the east side of the Krog Street Tunnel, connecting the Eastside Trail at DeKalb Avenue and Wylie Street. New handrails will also be installed, creating a pedestrian-friendly environment beneath the rail yard. Additionally, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. will address safety issues at the intersection of Krog Street and DeKalb Avenue by installing a pedestrian scramble, completely halting traffic and allowing pedestrians to traverse the intersection.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Engagement with the community is upcoming; stay tuned for dates and additional information as a timeline for the closure is established.

Wylie Street SE lane closure

WHAT: Wylie Street SE lane closures

WHEN: To be determined. More information to follow.

WHERE: The north side of Wylie Street, next to the newly paved Atlanta BeltLine trail.

HOW: Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. will close portions of the north lane on Wylie Street to complete work installing landscaping and pedestrian crossings. During this period, traffic will be redirected to the south side of Wylie Street.

WHY: As with all Atlanta BeltLine projects, creating a multi-use transportation corridor involves more than just paving a trail. In addition to the work that has already been completed moving utilities, establishing underground stormwater infrastructure, installing streetscape improvements such as new curbing, and paving the actual pedestrian trail, construction of this portion will include landscaping and tree planting. As part of the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. will work with Trees Atlanta to install plantings on this stretch of trail, enhancing the natural and aesthetic qualities of the neighborhood and continuing the Eastside Trail as a linear greenway.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Engagement with the community is upcoming; stay tuned for dates and additional information as a timeline for the closure is established.

Kirkwood Avenue SE street closure

WHAT: Kirkwood Avenue SE lane closures

WHEN: To be determined. More information to follow.

WHERE: The intersection of Kirkwood Avenue and the Eastside Trail extension, in the Reynoldstown neighborhood.

HOW: Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. will close Kirkwood Avenue where it intersects with the Eastside Trail’s southern extension. As with the prior closing of Kirkwood during construction of underground stormwater infrastructure, detour routes will be established and conveyed to the community.

WHY: Like the Eastside Trail’s intersection with Irwin Street, a speedtable will be constructed at the Kirkwood Avenue intersection. A speedtable functions as a way to slow crossing vehicular traffic down while simultaneously providing a seamless crossing for pedestrian and bicycle traffic on the trail. See above for a generic example of a speedtable.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Engagement with the community is upcoming; stay tuned for dates and additional information as a timeline for the closure is established.

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Paving of the Eastside Trail Extension between Irwin Street and Edgewood Avenue. Photo: The Sintoses.

What is a speed table?

"Speed tables are midblock traffic calming devices that raise the entire wheelbase of a vehicle to reduce its traffic speed."

An example of a speed table.

An example of a speed table.

See more from the National Association of City Transportation Officials' Urban Street Design Guide.