PATH crews continue to make progress preparing the Eastside Atlanta BeltLine corridor for a trail and future transit. Most of the retaining walls that will enable the construction for both trail and transit have been installed along the edges of the corridor through the winter. Bridge work at Ponce de Leon and Ralph McGill Boulevard began in March and will continue through May. Traffic on Ponce de Leon Avenue and Ralph McGill Boulevard has been affected intermittently as crews work to install the overhead bridges for the trail. The multi-use trail will be installed as soon as the bridges and retaining walls are in place and the corridor is graded to accept the trail.
The 2.5 mile-long Eastside Trail will connect Piedmont Park and the Historic Fourth Ward Park to the Freedom Park Trail and DeKalb Avenue. Construction of the section between Irwin Street and DeKalb Avenue will be delayed to allow for the reconstruction of the Edgewood Avenue bridge to be completed. The Eastside trail presently under construction will temporarily end at Irwin Street.
Plan to attend the grand opening of this trail to celebrate completion of the first section of Atlanta BeltLine Trail built on the abandoned railroad. Watch for grand opening information at pathfoundation.org or atlantabeltline.org.