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Plans for Ga. 400 Trail in Buckhead Barrel Forward

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Good news for urban trail fanatics: Design work for the Ga. 400 Trail that would link North Buckhead to the Atlanta Betline near Lindbergh could soon be 60 percent complete. BuckheadView reports the Georgia Department of Transportation approved the 5.2-mile trail's construction design plan last week; GDOT owns a majority of the land the proposed trail would wend through, which is the only reason it stands a fiscal chance at coming to fruition, a Livable Buckhead official told the blog.

Livable Buckhead reports that 45 to 50 percent of the estimate $10 million cost is in the bank, and a capital campaign is expected to launch later this year. Construction on the trail — which will eventually begin at Loridans Drive in North Buckhead and head south — could begin in the first quarter of 2014. Livable Buckhead estimates the full build could take up to five years. In terms of logistics, Livable Buckhead, a nonprofit, will manage the trail in partnership with the Buckhead Community Improvement District and the PATH Foundation, another nonprofit that has built other trails in the Atlanta area, including the popular path that runs from downtown to Stone Mountain. One Livable Buckhead official said the Ga. 400 Trail is planned to be open from dawn until dusk, and that lighting will be discouraged, as it would promote nighttime usage of the trail. By and large, the plans sound like clear progress to us.

[Preliminary map of five-mile Ga. 400 Trail via reporter]

· Livable Buckhead presents 'top-to-bottom' update on GA 400 trail to Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods [BuckheadView]

· Map, timeline for Ga. 400 trail released [Reporter Newspapers]