Livable Buckhead on Feb. 27 released an updated timeline for the construction of the Georgia 400 trail, a proposed 5 mile long pedestrian, biking and skating path connecting Buckhead’s businesses, parks and schools to the Atlanta BeltLine.
Denise Starling, executive director of the nonprofit Livable Buckhead, released a brochure with facts about the trail and a list of frequently asked questions.
According to the latest schedule:
– The trail project is currently in the process of locating trees, topography and drainage patterns. That process is expected to be completed by March.
– The conceptual and preliminary design is expected to be complete by September.
– The final design is expected to be complete by March 2013.
– April 2013-August 2013: permitting begins.
– September 2013 to July 2014: trail construction.
Several organizations are involved with the trail. Livable Buckhead will manage it in partnership with the Buckhead Community Improvement District and the PATH Foundation, a nonprofit that has constructed other trails in the Atlanta area. The organizers expect that Georgia Department of Transportation and MARTA will provide easements for the project. The trail will be supported by the Buckhead Area Transportation Management Association, Buckhead Business Association, the city of Atlanta and Neighborhood Planning Unit B.
The anticipated cost of the trail is $10 million, according to Livable Buckhead’s FAQ about the project. Currently, Livable Buckhead has commitments for about 35 percent of the needed money.