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Construction to start on part of BeltLine’s Northeast Trail with June 1 closure

A paved section of the Atlanta BeltLine's Northeast Trail at the Montgomery Ferry Drive bridge as seen in 2020. This section will receive lighting as part of the 16-month construction work on "Segment 2" of the trail. (Photo by Atlanta BeltLine Inc.)

By John Ruch

Construction is starting on part of the Atlanta BeltLine’s Northeast Trail, a 16-month project that will start with the June 1 closure of an unpaved section.

The BeltLine is the 22-mile loop of trails, transit and green space being constructed around the city by Atlanta Beltline Inc. (ABI). The Northeast Trail is a trail section that would run between Buckhead’s Lindbergh Center MARTA Station and the existing Eastside Trail’s end at Monroe Drive in Midtown.

A map of the current status of Atlanta BeltLine construction, with the Northeast Trail’s “Segment 2” shown as “NET 2.” (Map by Atlanta BeltLine Inc.)

As a project, the Northeast Trail is divided into three “segments” with differing timelines. The current work is on “Segment 2,” a 1.2-mile stretch between Westminster Drive at the northern tip of Piedmont Park and Mayson Street in Buckhead’s Armour-Ottley neighborhood. That segment currently exists in rough-draft forms that include unpaved sections as well as a paved section that is lacking full amenities, such as streetlights.

The construction closure starting June 1 will affect the unpaved section between Piedmont Park and Ansley Mall, where the trail crosses Piedmont Avenue. Other unpaved sections will remain open until further announcements. The paved section, which runs between Ansley Mall and the Buford-Spring Connector on I-85 — will remain open while the lighting is installed. Among the work will be a connection to Piedmont Avenue.

Construction on “Segment 1,” between Monroe and Westminster through the park, could begin in late 2023, ABI said in a press release. “Segment 3,” between Mayson and the MARTA station, is still in a planning phase as ABI tries to secure funding for routes that must navigate a complex network of streets, properties and railroad tracks.

The light-rail transit portion of the entire BeltLine, including the Northeast Trail corridor, remains under study as well.

For construction updates, see the Northeast Trail webpage.

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