Building University Bridges

Greenbelt bridge inside campus ready for handrails

Greenbelt bridge inside campus ready for handrails

PATH crews are busy completing the phase of the Carrollton Greenbelt through the center of the University of West Georgia campus in Carrollton. The original April start date was delayed until mid-July by paperwork which resulted in our crews being greeted by thousands of students in mid August, just when dirt work was at its peak. Everyone endured without incident and soon the Greenbelt will literally serve as the bridge between the students and their classrooms. This is the first University with a PATH trail on campus. We hope this project will serve as a model for PATH trails at Georgia Tech and Emory in the near future.

The West Georgia phase of the Greenbelt includes several bridges over a small creek which separates student housing and parking areas from classrooms. A bicycle-pedestrian round-about will be constructed at a major trail/sidewalk intersection. It will be interesting to see if students will use the round-about in the way it is intended.

PATH has been partnering with Friends of the Carrollton Greenbelt and the City of Carrollton to build the fifteen mile long trail around the city. Almost a third of the Greenbelt is completed with another third being designed. PATH will begin work on three additional phases around year end. The Friends group wants to finish the Greenbelt by the end of 2015.