Work begins this month on the Peachtree Creek Greenway in the City of Brookhaven. The 1.5 mile long trail will start at Briarwood Road and follow Peachtree Creek from behind the REI Store adjacent to the I-85 Access Road and continue toward the Salvation Army’s Atlanta Temple Corps building at North Druid Hills Road.
The master plan for the project was completed by Heath & Lineback Engineers in October of 2016. The PATH design team, led by Kaizen Collaborative, designed and engineered the phase being constructed.
The initial phase will connect residents living along Briarwood and the condominiums and apartments along Buford Highway to the new police precinct, the Corporate Square office complex, and stores and restaurants near North Druid Hills and Buford Highway. Future phases of the project will extend to Cheshire Bridge Road, PATH 400, and the Atlanta BeltLine on the south, and to Century Plaza and Mercer University to the north.
An enthusiastic group of advocates, the Friends of the Peachtree Creek Greenway, have worn their bright, green, logo shirts to countless public meetings to generate support for the trail. Led by Betsy Eggers, the Friends group made sure the project was not forgotten by the young city’s staff and elected officials. The fact that Phase I is underway is largely due to their persistence and fortitude.
The first segment to be constructed features an iconic bridge over Peachtree Creek at Corporate Square. The entire trail and bridge will be outfitted with custom lighting and amenities. Trailheads with parking will be constructed at each end of the project. A generous landscaping budget will result in a particularly green trail corridor.
The total cost of designing and building the first phase of the project is a little over $8 million. Assuming average weather, PATH crews plan to complete construction by the end of 2019.