PATH400, the multi-use trail running along Ga. Highway 400 through Buckhead, is officially halfway done, less than three years after construction began on the first segment.
Livable Buckhead quietly opened two new segments of the trail, bringing the total to more than 2.5 miles, at the end of the year — with some awesome Star Wars art to boot.
While shorter and less complex than the Beltline’s trail/future transportation combo, the pace of construction is surely giving Atlanta’s most famous multi-use path a run for its money.
Sure, it’s not quite fair to compare the Buckhead path with the Beltline, which comes equipped with infrastructure to support light rail transit. But it’s still pretty impressive to see the pace of work on PATH400.
With the latter, however, major challenges are on the horizon.
Work is beginning on a one-mile segment that runs from Miami Circle to Lenox Square and the Lenox MARTA Station. The segment is one of the most challenging pieces of the entire trail, with steep grade changes, MARTA tracks, and active rail lines to contend with, as we saw on a tour last year.
Meanwhile, Sandy Springs is planning the northward continuation of the trail through the Interstate 285 interchange. Eventually, a planned connection with the Beltline could allow trail users to travel from OTP all the way into the heart of the city.