Friday, May 6, 2011

PATH pondering bike trail linking Buckhead to Beltline — along Ga. 400

Posted By on Fri, May 6, 2011 at 9:05 AM

Yes, this is much more interesting news than Newt Gingrich opening a campaign office in the upscale neighborhood's commercial district.

Among the nearly 100 projects the PATH Foundation is considering: A four-mile bike trail along and below Ga. 400 that would link Buckhead neighborhoods — some of which have little access to greenspace — to the Atlanta Beltline. Reports the Buckhead Reporter:

The Ga. 400 right-of-way trail would extend from Loridans Drive to the Lindberg MARTA station, where a connection could be built to the BeltLine, she and McBrayer said.

Early studies divide the trail into five segments. Each could be built separately. Starling said parts of the project could cost $1 million a mile and the overall project could cost $5 million to $6 million. The Buckhead Community Improvement District has agreed to pay for concept drawings of two segments to determine which should be the first developed, Starling said.

Some segments of the trail would be at grade with Ga. 400 while other segments could be beneath elevated portions of the highway, according to Livable Buckhead’s plans. “Some of it’s underneath. Some of it’s beside and some of it’s above,” she said.

Why along Ga. 400? Because the Georgia Department of Transportation owns the right-of-way and is apparently warming up to such trail proposals. The nonprofit trail builder says the plan was first considered nearly 20 years ago when PATH helped develop a proposed network of bike lanes for the city. Trail officials say they'll soon pitch the project to neighborhood groups.

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