The Peachtree Creek Greenway, eventually 2.9 miles in length, aims to provide residents with close-to-home and close-to-work access to bicycle and pedestrian trails along the creek. ALYSSA POINTER/ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM
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Rain muddies greenway construction as city buys billboard on property

Two months into construction for what will eventually become the Peachtree Creek Greenway, Brookhaven has purchased a billboard that sits near the creek’s edge.

The park, paths and trails along Peachtree Creek will eventually stretch for almost 3 miles in south Brookhaven, city officials said. Officials hope to have the first mile-long leg of the project open in the fall.

To do that, they purchased the property of a former sign company adjacent to the creek on North Druid Hills Road, near the intersection with Buford Highway, city spokesman Burke Brennan said.

Community members and members of the local, state and national government participate in a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the Peachtree Creek Greenway in Brookhaven on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. (Photo: ALYSSA POINTER/ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM)

A billboard at the location remained, however. Last week the City Council approved a letter of intent to buy the billboard for $375,000, with the sale closing in a few months. City officials have not said whether they will keep the billboard up.

Local, state and federal officials broke ground on the greenway on Dec. 12.

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Since then, less-than-ideal weather conditions have made starting construction a challenge, Brennan said. After a rainy end to 2018, metro Atlanta has seen a spate of showers and storms for much of 2019.

Crews have done some preliminary clearing and grading to prep for construction, Brennan said.

Marietta-based Lewallen Construction Co. was awarded an $8 million contract to build the first leg of the greenway between North Druid Hills Road and Briarwood Road, with the PATH Foundation is overseeing the project, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.

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