The East Decatur Greenway trail is scheduled to connect with this East College Avenue overpass in May or June. But the overpass’s walkway will remain 8 to 10 feet wide and cyclists will have to walk their bikes through. Bill Banks file photo for the AJC

East Decatur Greenway path close to completion

The East Decatur Greenway multi-use path, that mostly parallels Katie Kerr Drive, is close to completion of its final phase, according to Decatur Building Official Mark Ethun.

Most of the trail, which starts at 890 South Columbia Drive, heads north then turns right at Katie Kerr, was built two years ago. Currently it ends just south of East College Avenue, east of the new mixed-use development called Courtland Decatur East and west of Derrydown Way.

But the plan has always included the path turning left (or west) going between two Courtland East buildings before taking a 90-degree turn right and connecting with the East College overpass. Ethun said that this final stretch should get finished either next month or in June.

One caveat, at least for bicyclists, is that the overpass has received no interior renovation. So while the 1.2-mile EDG path is 12-feet wide, the overpass remains 8 to 10-feet wide, according to Ethun, and cyclists will have to walk their bikes across.

The north side of the overpass ends in a series of steps (also with a nearby elevator) that finishes at the Avondale MARTA parking lot, which leads to Sycamore Drive on the Atlanta-Stone Mountain PATH trail.

A portion of Courtland Decatur East has already opened, including one building of market-rate apartments and one section with 92 “affordable senior independent living units.” The other two market-rate sections should open in late spring, or the same time when the trail is completed. When finished the development will total 470 units.

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