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Atlanta Beltline Inc. (ABI) could start construction on the Southside Trail in October, the Atlanta Business Chronicle Tuesday first reported (paywall.)
ABI representatives in an email confirmed the news with What Now Atlanta.
Southside Trail, extending from University Avenue to Glenwood Avenue, and linking the Westside and Eastside Trails at the southernmost part of the Atlanta Beltline loop, will be built in segments and cost an estimated $70 million.
In March 2018, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced that ABI had acquired the 4.5-mile Southside Trail corridor from CSX.
The removal of rails is underway.
The first segment, a 0.75-mile stretch spanning from the southern end of the existing Westside Trail, near University and Metropolitan avenues in Adair Park toward downtown connector, could break ground in October.
It would cost nearly $16 million.
Key developments along this portion of the planned trail include Pittsburgh Yards, a 31-acre mixed-use project named for the neighborhood in which it is situated.
Contractor bids are expected in August, and assuming construction starts in October, the first Southside Trail segment would be completed by fall-2020, nearly one year later.