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Construction to extend Beltline’s Eastside Trail (again) should begin this summer!

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Forthcoming project will provide a crucial link to Memorial Drive

The Beltline’s currently unpaved Eastside Trail corridor near the Kirkwood Avenue bridge, as seen in 2016.
The Beltline’s currently unpaved Eastside Trail corridor near the Fulton Terrace bridge, as seen in 2016.
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From Adair Park to Lindbergh, the past year has been rich with Beltline debuts, acquisitions, and other significant news across Atlanta.

Beltline enthusiasts now have another reason to cheer, as officials confirmed to Curbed Atlanta this week that construction to link the existing Eastside Trail with Memorial Drive—opening the Beltline project to a key corridor for mobility and myriad retail and living options—should begin in a matter of months.

A 1.25-mile Eastside Trail extension from Old Fourth Ward and Inman Park to Reynoldstown debuted last autumn.

Phase II of the extension project, which is now fully funded, will push the paved trail southward from Kirkwood Avenue, over a bridge at Fulton Terrace/Mauldin Street that will be retained, and onward to rapidly changing Memorial Drive, officials said.

The Eastside Trail’s current terminus at Kirkwood Avenue, as seen during heavy construction last year.
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“We’re still nailing down a timeline with the contractor, but are hoping to see a midsummer start for construction,” Beltline spokesperson Junior Knox told Curbed Atlanta via email.

The extension project—like all Beltline trails in the future—will include ADA access points, security cameras, and lighting.

Also expect vertical connections at the aforementioned bridge, streetscape improvements on Mauldin Street and Fulton Terrace, along with “pedestrian intersection improvements” where the trail meets Memorial Drive and Bill Kennedy Way.

The bridge in question, where Fulton Terrace meets Mauldin Street, in 2016.
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In the meantime, Atlanta Beltline Inc. will host a Southeast Study Group meeting April 26 to discuss specifics of Phase II construction.

Contractors selected by the Beltline will be on hand to hash out details of what’s to come.

The public meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Trees Atlanta (225 Chester Avenue SE). Officials ask attendees to consider taking MARTA or, well, the Beltline.

The extension corridor last summer.
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