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Downtown Cycle Tracks Set for Construction

 

PATH is partnering with the City of Atlanta, Central Atlanta Progress, and Midtown Alliance to build a network of cycle tracks on downtown streets that will greatly enhance commuter cycling in Atlanta. By early next year, it will be possible to ride a bike on a separated cycle facility from Stone Mountain and the Eastside Atlanta BeltLine Trail into Centennial Olympic Park (COP) and the central business district. The John Portman Boulevard cycle track between Piedmont Avenue and COP will be the first separated bicycle facility in downtown Atlanta.

New cycle tracks are also being constructed on Peachtree Center Boulevard between Edgewood Avenue and Peachtree Street, on Tenth Street between Charles Allen and Myrtle Streets, and on Fifth Street between Georgia Tech and Peachtree Street. A combination trail and cycle track between West Midtown, Georgia Tech and COP is also on the drawing board. A cycle track along the periphery of COP will connect the radial facilities providing a seamless ride through the heart of the city. COP will likely become home to the bike share program and a bike depot in the near future. All of this will make Atlanta one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the U.S. and should dramatically increase bicycle commuting in the city.

Southtowne Trail Extended

 

Earlier this summer, PATH began constructing a one mile extension to the Southtowne Trail that will connect South Bend Park to the Swan Nature Preserve and the existing trail around Brown’s Mill Golf Course. The project traverses a defunct development on Harper Road that the City purchased as greenspace for the adjoining neighborhoods. Prior to the recession, more than twenty cluster homes were planned for the site.

 The Southtowne Trail will ultimately connect Cleveland Avenue and South Atlanta neighborhoods to the Atlanta BeltLine near Murphy’s Crossing. PATH plans to coordinate the extension of the Southtowne Trail through the old Lakewood Amphitheatre site to the Atlanta BeltLine with development of the Southeast BeltLine Trail. Extension of the trail south of Cleveland Avenue to South Atlanta Park is also being considered.

 The extension to the trail segment under construction was funded by the City of Atlanta Parks and Greenspace Bond program and your donations to PATH. The extension should be completed and open to the public in October. Go to pathfoundation.org for updates and grand opening ceremony information.

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Spanish Moss Trail Extended

IMG_0034 (800x533)Another 1.6 miles of the Spanish Moss Trail in Beaufort South Carolina was completed by PATH crews earlier this summer. The latest segment begins at Broad River Boulevard and continues north to just south of Laurel Bay Road.

PATH crews had to restore a historic timber trestle over Alboghetti Creek in this phase, (pictured below). The refurbishment included assessing the condition of all 140 piles, replacing some, rewrapping others and installing cross-bracing to stabilize the structure. Precast 12’x12’ concrete slabs were then placed across the refurbished structure to form the trail. Beaufort County made a generous donation to help restore the trestle.

Beaufort County will utilize federal funding to complete a two mile long segment just south of the recently completed PATH project. The County project is scheduled to go out to bid this fall. When the County segment is completed, the Spanish Moss Trail will be over seven miles long from Port Royal to near Laurel Bay Road.

PATH is also developing Phase 2 plans to cross Ribaut Road in Port Royal and continue south with the trail. A timeline for building Phase 2 has not been established.

The James M. Cox Foundation has furnished the bulk of the funding for the trail thus far. Beaufort County, the cities of Beaufort and Port Royal, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of South Carolina, Beaufort Memorial Hospital, and contributors to the Friends of the Spanish Moss Trail have matched grants received from the Cox Foundation. Funding has not been identified for constructing additional segments of the trail.

Silver Comet Repairs Continue

photo (12)The Cobb County DOT completed bridge and drainage repairs on the Silver Comet Trail in late May. In June they began repaving the Comet, a project that will be completed in mid August. Segments of the trail have been closed throughout June and July to give paving crews a safe venue for completing their work. The last segment to be completed will be Lost Mountain Road to the Paulding County line.

The twelve mile long Cobb County segment of the Comet was built when the East-West Connector was constructed around 2000. The remainder of the Silver Comet was built by PATH between 1998-2008 using concrete. The combination of the Silver Comet in Georgia and the Chief Ladiga trail in Alabama is still the longest paved trail in the U.S. at 93.5 miles.