Atlanta Beltline zealots of Reynoldstown and Cabbagetown have likely spotted a promising sight recently: a channel carved into the earth indicating exactly where the Eastside Trail’s next leg will soon be.
But how soon is soon?
According to Beltline spokeswoman Jenny Odom, concrete pouring is scheduled to begin in early or mid-November, taking the paved path from its current end at Kirkwood Avenue down to Memorial Drive, which is experiencing transformative residential and commercial growth.
Another sign of progress, per Odom, is that a duct bank is about 90 percent finished for the Eastside Trail’s next leg.
In the Beltline’s case, a duct bank “consists of pipes laid underneath the trail for utility purposes,” Odom wrote in an email to Curbed Atlanta. “It allows us to use the space ourselves or make it available for fiberoptic cable, electric, and other communications infrastructure.”
Need a visual? Below is the duct bank that’s part of the Eastside Trail’s Ponce de Leon Avenue bridge, as seen during construction.
This latest Eastside Trail extension launched construction in July and is still on schedule to be finished and opened to the public this winter.
Plantings are scheduled to continue through June, Odom said.
Like all future Beltline trails, the expansion project will include ADA access points, security cameras, and lighting.
A 1.25-mile Eastside Trail extension from Old Fourth Ward and Inman Park to Reynoldstown debuted last autumn.
In between that project and Memorial Drive, expect structural improvements to an existing bridge at Fulton Terrace/Mauldin Street, where safety railings and a path down to the street (at the southeast corner) will be added. (We asked for an update on the Reynoldstown stage project, but the news is ... there is no news right now.)
Here’s a closer look: