Construction crews are installing security fencing and officially closing the western portion of the Atlanta BeltLine’s Southside Trail today to begin early construction activities.
According to a blog post on the Atlanta BeltLine website, the interim trail will be closed at the paved southern terminus of the Westside Trail, the concrete access point at University Avenue, the stairs at Metropolitan Avenue, and west of the stairs at Pryor Road. The closure will extend between University Avenue and Pryor Road, so trail users will need to exit the corridor and use sidewalks along surface streets between the two locations. Signs will be posted at closed locations.
This 0.75-mile segment, called Southside Trail-West, will remain closed while Astra Group builds out the multi-use trail, which is expected to take about a year to complete. Work will include a 14-foot-wide concrete trail; gravel path at Allene Avenue; a new pedestrian bridge, an ADA-accessible ramp, and pedestrian signal and crosswalk at Metropolitan Parkway; lights and security cameras; utility relocations, environmental remediation of the corridor; stormwater infrastructure; granite retaining walls; and full landscaping.