PATH400 just hit pay dirt. Buckhead's planned cousin to the uber-patronized Beltline now has full funding for its first phase, thanks to the latest $2 million chip-in by the Buckhead Community Improvement District. The CID made its pledge official this week, about two weeks after the eventual 5.2-mile multi-use trail got its robotic-sounding moniker and a January start date for construction. The PATH400 trail will one day stretch along Ga. 400 from just south of the tolls to Morosgo Drive near Lindbergh. For now, the first section between Lenox and Old Ivy roads has full financial backing, marking another significant step in what's already been a surprisingly speedy process; only about three years elapsed from feasibility study to groundbreaking.
The PATH400 and Livable Buckhead folks also released a few tasty morsels about the aforementioned Phase I. Namely, it appears there will be a realignment of the Buckhead Loop, via subtraction of a foot from each travel lane to accommodate the trail on the north side.
"This portion of the trail ties directly to a project in the works through the CID to create an attractive gateway to Buckhead for those entering Ga. 400," officials said in a press release, "featuring a wall along the loop with 'Buckhead' sandblasted into the design." (See the above rendering). Folks in the know also said cameras will be installed along the trail "as part of a larger effort to ensure the safety of people using the trail as well as those whose homes are immediately adjacent to it."
For everything you'd ever want to know about PATH400, we'd recommend this pretty damn informative video. It's a highly visual joyride across the whole hypothetical project.
— By Curbed Atlanta contributor Tyler Estep
Further PATH400/Ga. 400 Trail coverage:
· PATH400: Buckhead's Trail Gets A Name, Start Date [Curbed Atlanta]