Georgia Department of Transportation contractors are making progress with the reconstruction of the I-285/Georgia 400 interchange north of Atlanta. The project is of particular interest to PATH supporters since PATH400 is being built into the revamped interchange.
The partnership between Livable Buckhead, Sandy Springs, and PATH engaged GDOT when the interchange upgrade was announced. The PATH design team went on line to see if there was precedent for flossing a multi-use trail through an interstate highway interchange. There was!
With two examples in hand, the partnership presented a proposal to the manager of the project, Mike Lobdell, who immediately embraced the idea and sent it up the chain for review. Weeks later, GDOT agreed to the concept and submitted it to their design/build contractor for pricing.
The City of Sandy Springs and PATH donors contributed a million dollars each to match $4.2 million from GDOT to make the project happen. When completed, PATH400 users will breeze under Johnson Ferry Road, wrap around Northside Hospital and emerge along Peachtree Dunwoody Road on the north side of I-285.
The cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs are joining Livable Buckhead and PATH to design and build PATH400 from West Wieuca Road to Johnson Ferry Road. Federal dollars are involved so it won’t happen overnight, but it’s coming.