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$18M Grant Will Fuel Expansion of the BeltLine in SW Atlanta

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[Photographs by Christopher T Martin]

The City of Atlanta received an $18 million TIGER V grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the development of a 2.5-mile section of the Atlanta BeltLine in the southwest corridor. Mayor Kasim Reed, a key advocate for the success of the Atlanta BeltLine, announced the news earlier this month saying "This $18 million grant is a tremendous step forward in my administration's goal to make the vision of the Atlanta BeltLine a reality much sooner." The grant comprises approximately 42% of the project total estimated at $43 million. Shared use trails, trailheads and access points make up the construction plan. The southwest corridor will have 16 accessible points of entry with ADA-accessible ramps and stair systems at nine cross-streets, a 14-foot wide concrete trail, landscaping, lighting, utilities, retaining walls, security cameras and signage. The trail runs from Allene Avenue north to Lawton Street where it meets the existing West End Trail. It returns to the defunct rail corridor at Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard and ends at Washington Park at an existing PATH Foundation Trail.
—Christopher T Martin
· Atlanta BeltLine to Receive $18 Million Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation [Beltline.org]