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Construction to extend Beltline’s Eastside Trail (again) will start Monday

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Latest expansion project is set to rehab a railroad bridge and provide a link to Memorial Drive

The Beltline’s currently unpaved Eastside Trail corridor near the Fulton Terrace bridge, as seen in 2016. 
The Beltline’s unpaved Eastside Trail corridor near the Fulton Terrace bridge, as seen in 2016. 
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Beginning next week, construction on the Atlanta Beltline’s next leg will officially be a go.

That’s the word today from Beltline officials, who say the construction team—Reeves Young—will begin work Monday to expand the popular path in Reynoldstown from Kirkwood Avenue to quickly developing Memorial Drive.

That means the unbuilt trail will be off-limits to walkers, joggers, bicyclists, and anyone else for at least several months. Chester Avenue, a block west of the trail, is the suggested alternate route.

The project’s scope.
Atlanta Beltline

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

The latest work would include a speed table where the trail currently ends, Kirkwood Avenue, and pedestrian upgrades at Memorial Drive. In between, 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, per Beltline plans.

The bridge in question, where Fulton Terrace meets Mauldin Street.
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As of now, the goal is to have the trail poured and open by early next year, with tree-plantings and landscaping to follow, officials said.

Like all future Beltline trails, the expansion project will include ADA access points, security cameras, and lighting.

Elsewhere on the Beltline, Reeves Young, the contractor, built significant components of Historic Fourth Ward Park, including the splash pad, waterfalls, amphitheater, and skate park.