Construction is underway on the last large plot of the village PATH400a multi-use path that “runs along the spine of GA 400” in North Atlanta, providing pedestrian and bicycle connectivity to the Buckhead and commercial areas.
Mayor Andre Dickens was on hand Nov. 11 to break ground on a new $12.8 million project to build a new three-quarter-mile stretch between Veuca Road and Lorridance Drive. Atlanta City Council members Mary Norwood and Howard Shook, who represent Buckhead, were also on hand, along with several other local officials.
“PATH400 … is part of a growing trail network that could ultimately serve as a valuable economic development tool for our city and region,” Dickens said in a news release. “Pathways like PATH400 help make Atlanta a healthier city by providing accessible and equitable opportunities for exercise and recreation.”
The $12.8 million Wieuca-Loridans PATH400 segment is funded by federal and local government funds, including about $8.8 million in Transportation Improvement Project funds administered by the Atlanta Regional Commission and $3.8 million in city TSPLOST funds Atlanta. Additional funding for the design was provided Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID).
The Wieuca-Loridans segment connects directly to Mountain Way Common, a park that neighbors have worked to develop for years, said Denise Starling, executive director of Livable Buckhead. Livable Buckhead leads the PATH400 project in partnership with Buckhead CID and PATH Foundation.
“Creating pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly connections between parks in Buckhead was one of the primary goals of PATH400, and we’re excited to deliver on that promise with this new segment,” Starling said in a release.
PATH400 is a 5.2-mile pedestrian and bicycle greenway under construction on public land adjacent to GA 400 that extends from the banks of Peachtree Creek north to the northern edge of Atlanta. The entire route is estimated to cost $37 million to build, with funding for the preliminary phases provided by the PATH Foundation and Buckhead CID.
The Georgia Department of Transportation has provided its right-of-way along GA 400 as land for most of the trail that will run from the Atlanta BeltLine to Sandy Springs when it is completed. The PATH Foundation provided construction management services and expertise on a pro bono basis for the project.
Construction on the Vevka-Laridans section is expected to take about two years. Livable Buckhead will soon begin hosting construction tours for members of the public interested in learning more about the project. For more information about PATH400 or to sign up for project updates, visit livablebuckhead.org.