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Sweet Hallelujah! The Beltline's Eastside Trail Extension has Begun!

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That looks like progress right there

Photos: Jonathan Phillips, Curbed Atlanta

For the first time in almost four years, the Atlanta Beltline's Eastside Trail is actively getting longer.

This week our lenses captured scenes that many Atlantans have pined for since the existing Eastside Trail debuted in the fall of 2012: Construction trailers, Bobcats, tree-removal equipment, hard-hatted people in white trucks, and plenty of workers in fluorescent gear who have the common goal of bringing the world-renowned, multi-use trail south through Reynoldstown.

Right now, it appears the majority of work is focused on removing trees between Kirkwood Avenue and Wylie Street, where a wider sidewalk will be incorporated to connect with the Krog Street Tunnel.

We've asked Beltline officials what Atlantans can expect in the Reynoldstown, Cabbagetown, Inman Park, and Old Fourth Ward areas in coming weeks — in terms of heavy equipment, lane closures, digging, etc. — and we'll post any intel that comes.

The Astra Group will be building this next leg. The company previously worked on the first section of the Eastside Trail and the first phase of Historic Fourth Ward Park. They're contractually required to finish this next stretch of the Eastside Trail within 18 months.

For now, kick back and have a gander at more Beltline in the making ...