Connecting the Big Creek Greenway (pictured) to the Alpha Loop Trail in Alpharetta will be the subject of a concept study funded by a $150,000 Atlanta Regional Commission grant. AJC FILE

Alpharetta wins $150k grant for walking path study

Alpharetta has been awarded a $150,000 “Livable Centers Initiative” grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission to do a concept study on connecting the Alpha Loop Trail to the Big Creek Greenway.

The study also will consider linkages to the planned North Point bus rapid transit station, according to an ARC announcement. Alpharetta was one of 10 metro Atlanta communities awarded a total of $1.6 million in LCI grants to develop plans and policies to encourage walking.

Assistant City Administrator James Drinkard said in an email, “Our staff will meet with the ARC (Thursday) for the standard award meeting,” and then will meet with the city’s engineering consultant “to finalize process and timelines.”

The City Council approved a grant application and $30,000 local match in March. At that meeting, staff said the study would look at connecting the Alpha Loop to a planned trial network around North Point Mall and the Big Creek Greenway, with a new trial head and system access point at North Point and Encore parkways.

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