Parks/Trails/Greenspaces The entrance to the PATH400 greenway off of Lenox Road.

Published on February 18th, 2016 |

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Sandy Springs vote paves way for PATH400 extension north

The Sandy Springs City Council Feb. 26 voted to have the PATH400 Greenway continue on from North Buckhead to Sandy Springs by approving an agreement with Livable Buckhead (LBI) and the PATH Foundation.

The entry point on Lenox Road to the currently completed north section of PATH400.

The entry point on Lenox Road to the currently completed north section of PATH400.

The agreement allows LBI, the nonprofit organizations leading the PATH400 project, to begin design work for a segment between Loridans Drive in Buckhead and the Glenridge Connector in Sandy Springs.

This 2.1-mile stretch is a critical link between the northernmost point of the greenway as it is currently planned and the point where PATH400 is integrated into the Georgia Department of Transportation’s plans for a new I-285/GA 400 interchange.

With this vote, Sandy Springs joins the ranks of more than 20 governmental agencies and community organizations that are working to make PATH400 a reality.

“This vote allows us to keep building momentum for PATH400,” said Denise Starling, executive director of Livable Buckhead. “Creating regional connectivity is one of the key benefits of this project, and without a link to the I-285/GA 400 interchange we weren’t able to deliver that.”

Starling added, “Now that Sandy Springs is on board, PATH400 can continue north and provide access to the BeltLine, the Silver Comet Trail and other trails across metro Atlanta.”

Livable Buckhead worked with the City of Atlanta to include this PATH400 segment in Atlanta Regional Commission’s transportation improvement plan, making it eligible for a federal matching grant. The grant includes $496,000 in federal funds and $124,000 in matching funds from the PATH Foundation.

“PATH400 is the result of outstanding partnerships, and we’re thrilled to have Sandy Springs join this effort,” Starling added.

Work is proceeding on the original 5.2-mile stretch of PATH400 as well, with 38 percent of the project either complete, under construction or mobilizing. The Loudermilk Family Foundation recently announced a $250,000 matching gift for the PATH400 capital campaign, which is aiming to raise the final $9 million needed to build the greenway.

For more information about PATH400 or to sign up to receive project updates, visit livablebuckhead.org.

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