Nick Huston, of Sandy Springs, jogs on the PATH400 trail along Ga. 400 in Buckhead. Sandy Springs has approved a design contract to extend the trail north from Loridans Drive to the Glenridge Connector area. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Sandy Springs OKs design contract for Ga. 400 trail

The Sandy Springs City Council has greenlighted a $416,256 design contract for a walking/bicycling trail linking the city to Atlanta’s Buckhead area.

The Ga. 400 Multiuse Trail Extension contract, subject to review and approval by Sandy Springs’ legal and finance departments, is to go to Health & Lineback Engineers Inc. That’s the same firm that designed the Buckhead portion of the trail, known as PATH400.

The Sandy Springs section would extend 2.1 miles from a link-up with PATH400 at Loridans Drive north to the Glenridge Connector area. Eventually, the path will become part of the Georgia Department of Transportation’s reconstruction of the Ga. 400/I-285 interchange, taking it to the north side of I-285.

Federal funding of $640,000 has been authorized for the design, and the required 20 percent local match, about $83,000, will be funded by the recently passed Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

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