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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.

PATH and Clayton County to Build Trail System

ClaytonConnectsEarlier this year, Clayton County agreed to partner with the PATH planning and design team to develop a trail master plan for the County. PATH unveiled the “Clayton Connects” brand along with a 105 mile plan for trails at a public meeting in early June. PATH will also help Clayton build a demonstration trail in and around the International Park later this year. The PATH design team will present 50% construction drawings for the first two miles of trail in the Park in September. If all goes as planned, the first two miles of ‘Clayton Connects’ will be under construction before the end of 2014.

Segments of the master plan connect with PATH trails in DeKalb County and the City of Atlanta. There are also plans to make minor repairs and launch a rebrand of the Jester Creek Trail near Morrow with the new logo and amenity package. Work could begin this fall at Jester Creek.

Trail development in Clayton will benefit greatly from the county SPLOST (Special Local Option Sales Tax) intended in part, to spur park and greenspace development. Each commission district has funding available that can be used for trail construction. PATH will work with each commissioner to fast-track trail construction in their districts in the county.

Many thanks to the enthusiastic stakeholders group who have kept this effort on track. The citizens of Clayton County, the county administrators and elected officials have been great partners thus far. We look forward to working with our newest partner to build a first-class trail system throughout Clayton County.