The Beltline's Eastside Trail made news recently when officials confirmed to Curbed that construction to extend the popular recreational destination is expected to begin in early spring in Reynoldstown. Now, with spring temps upon us and trees blossoming, it seemed an opportune time to swing across town to the Westside Trail, to see where things stand after 16 months of construction. It's muddy. And extremely raw. But it's definitely progressing, and it looks a whole lot like its eastside counterpart circa 2011.
Mud prevented a full tour of the Westside Trail's three miles, but hopefully it's not hindering progress too much. Officials said late last year this highly anticipated Beltline leg is on track for a 2017 opening. It will connect four parks and include 14 access points and a new bridge over Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Unlike the Eastside Trail, the Westside component is scheduled to debut with all lighting, security cameras, and mile-markers.