In September, the partnership between PATH, the City of Atlanta, and Georgia Tech will officially open PATH Parkway, a tree-lined walking and biking facility connecting West Midtown, Georgia Tech, and the Coca-Cola headquarters to Centennial Olympic Park. West Midtown residents, Georgia Tech students, and Coca-Cola employees walking, jogging, or traveling by bike will have a separated facility connecting them to downtown and other PATH trails.
PATH Parkway was created by repurposing the two, southbound lanes of the Tech Parkway into the bikeway, a landscaped median, and a walkway for pedestrians. The design allows for a row of trees between the bikeway and walkway providing shade for most of the route. The northbound lanes of Tech Parkway were reconfigured for two-way traffic with parking on one side.
The concept of separating users was originally proposed by a group of Georgia Tech civil engineering students being mentored by PATH. Each year PATH selects an emerging trail project and offers it to Tech students to develop a concept and preliminary design. The work done by the students frequently results in great ideas that are ultimately incorporated into the final design. PATH Parkway is one of the projects that benefited greatly from the concept advanced by the Tech students.
The student team of Robert Ramsey, Ore Ogurkanmi, Cara Setlock, Jeff Gazaway, and Jiawei Lin created Burdell Engineering Solutions as their trade name for tackling the Tech Parkway conversion project. Hopefully they are still close enough to Atlanta to utilize the trail they helped design.
The two mile long, $3.5 million facility was built with funding from Georgia Tech, the City of Atlanta, and your donations to PATH. Many thanks to Jason Gregory at Georgia Tech and Eric Ganther from Coca-Cola Company for being part of the team who guided the project through design and construction.
The grand opening for the PATH Parkway will occur soon after Georgia Tech is back in session. Watch our website for details. Meanwhile, the Parkway is open and ready for late summer rides and runs.