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Sights, Sounds from Westside Trail's Joyous Groundbreaking

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Mark your calendars: Roughly two years from now, delays be damned, the Beltline's Westside Trail will be open for public enjoyment. The excitement for the three-mile, multi-use trail's transformative potential was palpable in Adair Park on Wednesday morning, as droves of dignitaries, media and curious locals turned out for a ceremonial groundbreaking. Unlike some dog-and-pony shows for major Atlanta projects, the event appeared to mark the beginning of actual construction. When finished, the trail will be 14-feet wide (similar to its Eastside counterpart, which is roughly 1/3 shorter) with 14 access points. Officials call the $43 million investment unprecedented in Southwest Atlanta. Keep tabs on progress at the project's construction page. For glimpses of the ultimate Westside Trail vision, see here. And for a cloud-level perspective of the groundbreaking and nearby neighborhoods, have a gander at this drone video.

· Recent Westside Trail coverage, discussion [Curbed Atlanta]