PATH400 to receive city, federal funding

TSPLOST and proposed TIP funding will be used to complete 5.2-mile greenway in Buckhead. CONTRIBUTED

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TSPLOST and proposed TIP funding will be used to complete 5.2-mile greenway in Buckhead. CONTRIBUTED

Livable Buckhead announced that it has reached a major milestone in the development of PATH400, identifying funding to complete the 5.2-mile greenway in Buckhead. The funding will come from a combination of city and federal sources. Atlanta City Council voted to allot $5 million in TSPLOST funding to the project, while the Atlanta Regional Commission included $7.42 million in its transportation improvement program project list that allocates funding from the Federal Highway Administration. Another $240,000 in Federal Highway funds are slated for design of a PATH400 extension from Loridans Dr. to the Sandy Springs city limit.

PATH400 was on the list of TSPLOST projects approved by voters in November 2016, but funds had not been committed to the project. Councilman Howard Shook advocated on behalf of PATH400, submitting legislation that allocates funds from the second year of TSPLOST and lining up support from Mayor Reed and the other City Council members. That legislation was approved by the full council on Nov. 20.

ARC’s TIP project list will go through a 30-day public comment period that begins December 18. Following that, the list must be approved by the ARC and Georgia Regional Transit Authority boards before it becomes final.

Construction is expected to begin in January on a one-mile segment of PATH400 that will run from Miami Circle and across GA 400 to the back of Lenox Square. This is a critical piece of the trail, as it will provide access to the Lenox MARTA station via a spur trail being built by the Buckhead CID as part of its East Paces Ferry complete street project. Construction on the Miami Circle to GA 400 segment will take approximately one year.

Information about PATH400 or to sign up to receive project updates: path400greenway.org.