The initial phase of Buckhead's answer (and connection) to the Beltline is barreling ahead — and the pictures are here to prove it. Construction began April 1 on the first half-mile stretch of PATH400, the trail aimed at bringing interconnectivity, walkability and greenspace to the Buckhead corridor of Ga. Highway 400. Contractors have been clearing trees between Lenox and Old Ivy roads and starting other parts of the comparatively in-depth undertaking, PATH Foundation's Pete Pellegrini said. "This project will also realign the traffic lanes along Lenox Road to accommodate the trail transition into Tower Place," he said.
Construction on Phase I is being funded by the Buckhead CID, the State Road Tollway Authority and donations to the PATH Foundation. It's expected to continue through the rest of the year, with a ribbon-cutting sometime late fall, Pellegrini said. The inaugural leg will eventually tie in to a gateway envisioned by developers, one complete with the neighborhood's name sandblasted into a big wall. Work on Phase II — the stretch connecting Old Ivy and West Wieuca roads — is scheduled to begin "later this summer." That part should be finished by next spring, officials said.
Eventually, the multi-use trail will encompass 5.2 miles along the highway, stretching from the former toll site to Morosgo Drive. If everything goes as planned, it will also "ultimately connect Loridans Drive to the Atlanta Beltline near the Lindbergh MARTA station." Yes, please! PATH400 officials have shied from offering a lot of other specific projections, but they hope to begin work on additional phases in 2015.
— By Curbed Atlanta contributor Tyler Estep