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Published on December 18th, 2017 |

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PATH400 getting $12.42M from city, ARC to complete trail in Buckhead

Livable Buckhead announced it has reached a major milestone in the development of PATH400SM, identifying $12.42 million in combined funding from city and federal sources to complete the 5.2-mile greenway in Buckhead, as well as design funding to extend the trail to Sandy Springs. .

Atlanta City Council voted to allot $5 million in TSPLOST funding to the project, while the Atlanta Regional Commission included $7.42 million in its transportation improvement program project list that allocates funding from the Federal Highway Administration.

Another $240,000 in Federal Highway funds are slated for design of a PATH400 extension from Loridans Dr. to the Sandy Springs city limit.

“Getting this support from Atlanta City Council and Atlanta Regional Commission underscores PATH400’s value as a critical piece of the region’s transportation infrastructure,” said Denise Starling, executive director of Livable Buckhead.

“The trail is already making it easier for people to get around Buckhead on foot and by bike,” she added. “When we complete the full 5.2 miles and when the BeltLine and northern segments are ready to connect to PATH400, it will be a true game-changer.”

PATH400 was on the list of TSPLOST projects approved by voters in November 2016, but funds had not been committed to the project. Councilman Howard Shook advocated on behalf of

This map shows the new segment of PATH400 from Miami Circle to Lenox Square and the MARTA station.

PATH400, submitting legislation that allocates funds from the second year of TSPLOST and lining up support from Mayor Reed and the other City Council members. Shook’s legislation was approved by full council on Nov. 20.

“The competition for these dollars is fierce, so I want to thank Mayor Reed for recognizing the importance of this project, and ensuring that it was fully funded before leaving office,” Shook said.

ARC’s TIP project list will go through a 30-day public comment period that began Dec. 18. Following that, the list must be approved by the ARC and Georgia Regional Transit Authority boards before it becomes final.

“Based on current construction estimates, this funding should be enough to finish the original 5.2 miles of the greenway,” said Starling. “We may need to do additional fundraising in the future to support programming on PATH400 or to add new features, but the TSPLOST and TIP funds are a huge win and we’re thrilled to get them.”

Construction is expected to begin in January on a one-mile segment of PATH400 that will run from Miami Circle and across GA 400 to the back of Lenox Square. Construction on this segment will take approximately one year to complete.

This is a critical piece of the trail, as it will provide access to the Lenox MARTA station via a spur trail being built by the Buckhead CID as part of its East Paces Ferry complete street project.

For more information about PATH400 or to sign up to receive project updates, visit path400greenway.org.

–John Schaffner

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