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Photos: Atlanta Beltline’s Westside Trail is beginning to look real

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Longest contiguous Beltline stretch to date is on track for summer debut

The Atlanta Beltline’s Westside Trail in March 2017.
Concrete! Retaining walls!
Jonathan Phillips, Curbed Atlanta

For the longest stretch of Atlanta Beltline planned to open at once, the dirty work of infrastructure installation is mostly in the rearview.

Now come the lights. The trees. And that glorious, 14-foot-wide ribbon of concrete, linking Adair Park to Lena Avenue at Washington Park.

In various reports over the last few weeks, Beltline officials have adhered to projections that the three-mile Westside Trail will open this summer—possibly by the end of July. It’ll highlight what’s probably the biggest year yet for the multi-use trail and planned transit corridor.

Concrete on the Westside front began to ooze and dry last September. As we found during a visit a couple of weeks ago, that work continues, illustrating how the trail and its 14 access points will wend and dip through this part of town.

Have a look:

Construction continues on the Atlanta Beltline's Westside Trail at Langhorn Street, near Interstate 20.
Photos: Jonathan Phillips, Curbed Atlanta
The trail as it passes beneath I-20.
The Westside Trail at an entry point at the intersection of Holderness and Fenwood streets, looking toward MLK Jr. Drive.
Newly planted trees stand at the intersection of Holderness and Fenwood streets.
Construction crews at work on a chilly March morning.
The Westside Trail at an entry point at the corner of Stafford and Jasper streets..
Same entry point, alternate angle.
The trail across the street from Gordon White Park, looking toward Cascade Avenue. The circa-2008 greenspace was the Beltline’s first official park.
The trail at White Street, looking toward Lawton Street.
Fresh plantings abound along this stretch.
An access ramp to the Westside Trail at Lawton Street.
At Lawton Street, looking toward Lee Street. This area will host the Lee + White adaptive-reuse project anchored by Monday Night Brewing.
The muddy, pre-concrete trail at Lawton Street, looking back toward Gordon White Park.