Atlanta Beltline Inc. in October Could Start Construction on 0.75-Mile Segment of Southside Trail

$16 MM segment would span from the southern end of the existing Westside Trail, near University and Metropolitan avenues in Adair Park, toward downtown connector.

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.

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Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak (CJS) is the Founder of What Now Atlanta (WNA). He was featured in The New York Times, Creative Loafing's "20 People to Watch," named "Lifestyle Blogger You Need To Know" by Rolling Out Magazine and highlighted as Atlanta's Metropolitan Male in fashion magazine, 944. WNA has been named "Best of Atlanta" by Creative Loafing, and Atlanta and Jezebel Magazines.

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  1. Removal of rails is long finished. Crews have been doing lots of work to build in access points for the trail as an interim hiking trail. They’ve definitely put some money into making all bridges safe for pedestrians, grading the trail surface, and adding gravel walkways for access points and wood stairs.

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