A landmark bridge around I-75 that lights up at night. An elevated walkway by way of the tree cover at Spring Valley Park. A route together Buckhead’s artsy Bennett Street.
These are some thoughts for the Atlanta BeltLine’s Northwest Path, a intricate project that have to navigate a main highway, energetic railroads and the city’s most popular road, Peachtree. Compared with other areas of the BeltLine, the northwest section doesn’t have abandoned railroad corridors to repurpose for trails.
“Since we never have that abandoned rail corridor chance, we’re on the lookout at destinations to enable guideline and frame the decisions all around the execs and disadvantages of alternate routes,” mentioned Greta deMayo, executive director of the Path Basis, which is foremost the review for the about 4.5-mile path. The review is considering feasible routes for the trail, price tag estimates and in what purchase the trail must be created.
Monday evening, deMayo unveiled new renderings of the Northwest Path, breaking up prospective routes into three study corridors. The Route Foundation hopes to create a preferred route by the conclude of the yr. View the total conference right here. Download the presentation under.
Generally speaking, the path would operate from the northern finish of the Westside Beltline Connector that is now underneath development (close to the Westside Park) to the existing Northside Path (at Tanyard Creek and Atlanta Memorial parks), extending east to the long term Northeast Trail (close to the Armour/Ottley district).
PATH’s research will not include potential transit routes, which will involve its very own analyze. It’s very likely that transit will have a separate route through much of the northwest corridor.
“There is a feasibility analyze that has federal funding in it that will be seeking at BeltLine transit, generally amongst MARTA Bankhead station and the MARTA Lindbergh station,” explained Shaun Inexperienced, BeltLine senior transportation engineer. He reported he hopes to start off the procurement course of action by the stop of this 12 months, but that it could occur subsequent calendar year. “That’s a foreseeable future conversation … we are just not there however.”
The suggestions for the Northwest Trail presented Aug. 2 continue to have to be vetted by stakeholders and deemed for factors this sort of as suitable-of-way acquisition, price and design timeline, deMayo mentioned. She extra routes not preferred for the primary BeltLine trail could be considered as spur connections in the long term.
Here’s an overview of some tips for the a few analyze corridors:
Tips for Corridor 1 would consist of a path alongside the Hemphill H2o Treatment method Plant, producing an “inviting greenway working experience with out impacting the operations of the remedy heart,” mentioned deMayo. The path would arrive north via assets owned by the Ga Tech Basis, abutting the active freight corridor. Then, a bridge construction would go under I-75 to a channelized portion of Tanyard Creek. “We visualize the trail as a composition jogging together the channelized location. It may even be possible to restore the segment of the creek to a a lot more naturalized state,” deMayo stated.
A trail by Corridor 2 would begin at the northern conclusion of the Westside Beltline Connecter at Marietta Boulevard and Huff Road. The trail would operate north towards Chattahoochee Avenue and Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard, crossing an current retention pond at the Topgolf leisure heart. The path would then require to cross I-75. “The trail is imagined as a bridge over I-75 furnishing a gateway expertise along with enjoyable sights and connectivity to Howell Mill district for trail customers,” deMayo explained. The bridge could have a “prominent profile crossing the path, particularly at night,” she extra. From there, the path would continue to Spring Valley Park, with the eyesight to make a construction in just the tree canopy.
A path by means of Corridor 3 would lengthen the present path at Bobby Jones Golf Training course to the BeltLine’s potential Northeast Trail around the Armour/Ottley district. A path could operate along the Peachtree Creek Residences on the south aspect of Peachtree Creek. “The creek corridor features scenic splendor and an prospect to confined conversation with roadways,” deMayo mentioned.
An additional choice would be to operate the trail along the back of Buckhead’s Bennett Street, next to the Ga Electricity substation. “While the backside of the retail is not especially pleasing today, we have seen residence house owners reorient their businesses in areas like this the place the Beltline has been created,” deMayo claimed.
With each options, they would want to determine out how to cross Peachtree Highway, either by a signalized crossing or by running the path beneath Peachtree. “The active rail corridor has minimal prospect below Peachtree Road,” deMayo said. “We are investigating being equipped to slip under but straight away get away from the rail corridor. [It] would be the only choice we would have since it is even now an energetic corridor.”