Published on August 17th, 2016 |2
PATH400 Update: Phase 2 main trail poured; working on north & south connections
Being safety conscious, LBI and the PATH400 development crews are designing these connections in a way that helps keep youngsters from riding into busy roads while also creating attractive gateways and transitions, according to the newsletter report.
“In addition, railing installation on Phase 2 is underway as is installation of the access control fence between the trail and the highway. Finish grading will begin soon to prepare for landscaping, which is scheduled for early September,” the newsletter reports.
“At that point Phase II will be finished and we will have one contiguous mile of trail. All of you fitness-minded folks, get ready to get your run on,” LBI Executive Director Denise Starling challenges.
Finishing a full mile is an event worth celebrating, and LBI is making plans for a party on Sept. 30—an evening of mixed media, munching and music, according to the newsletter. It promises more details soon.
But back to the work, which doesn’t end with Phase 2. The attention turns to Phase 3 in the south Buckhead area around Sidney Marcus Boulevard.
LBI reports that the main portion of the trail is poured, the existing asphalt has been resurfaced and retaining walls are being finished. “We have also started preparing the site for the installation of ‘edible land art’ that will be unveiled in coming months,” LBI announced.
“Also coming soon, is the installation of the boardwalk between Atlanta Housing Authority and Piedmont Heights Condominiums,” reports Starling. “This will be a sight to see as it all comes in huge sections that get dropped into place with a crane. We anticipate completing and opening this section in October, just in time for the great fall weather.”
While most parts of PATH400 have speedily moved along, some have resembled more the tortoise than the hare. But there is even good news on two of those fronts.
LBI is now able to announce the completion of land acquisition for the top of Miami Circle and the future segment of Loridans to Mountain Way, the former McClatchey School site.
“Finalizing these two parts is a big deal. They have been in the works for about four years,” said Starling, giving special thanks to MARTA and Atlanta Public Schools for working with LBI on the two key pieces.
But with all the good, sometimes comes some unfortunate occurrences. PATH400 has tagged and tagged and then tagged again.
“Some local ‘budding artists’ simply couldn’t resist the pristine wall we built along GA400, so they marked it as their own,” Starling reported. “While
we are 100 percent in favor of art on PATH400, this isn’t exactly what we had in mind.”
LBI will be removing the graffiti and taking steps to prevent future installations.
Read more about PATH400 here.