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Work begins on Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail extension

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Work begins on Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail extension

A Trees Atlanta volunteer tells a tour group from the Caring for Creation conference about artwork by William Massey called "The Art of Reconciliation." The work, located on the BeltLine, is made from old junk from the streets of Atlanta. Photo Illustration by Dena Mellick
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A Trees Atlanta volunteer tells a tour group from the Caring for Creation conference about artwork by William Massey called "The Art of Reconciliation." The work, located on the BeltLine, is made from old junk from the streets of Atlanta. Photo Illustration by Dena Mellick

A Trees Atlanta volunteer tells a tour group from the Caring for Creation conference about artwork by William Massey called “The Art of Reconciliation.” The work, located on the BeltLine, is made from old junk from the streets of Atlanta. Photo Illustration by Dena Mellick

Curbed Atlanta reports that work has officially begun on the East Side trail extension of the Atlanta BeltLine.

According to BeltLine.org, “This phase will take the trail from Irwin to Kirkwood … Construction on the second phase, from Kirkwood to Memorial Drive, replacing the bridge at Fulton Terrace, will commence when funding becomes available.”

The existing hiking trail has been closed, effective June 2016 through spring of 2017. Crews are currently removing trees and clearing brush along the trail, according to a video posted on the BeltLine’s Facebook page. According to the video, as part of the project the BeltLine will plant more trees than it is currently taking down.

BeltLine.org says the trail will be 14-feet wide and will be a concrete multi-use trail. It will follow the old railroad corridor from Irwin Street/Lake Avenue until it crosses Edgewood Avenue and continues south to DeKalb Avenue, the website says.

“At DeKalb, the trail will follow the road eastward on the north side to the intersection with Krog Street,” the website says. “The intersection will include a pedestrian scramble, with traffic halted in all directions so that folks on foot may safely cross.”

There will be lighting and handrail improvements to the Krog Street Tunnel, the website says.

“At Wylie Street, the trail will be 10 feet wide and will follow the north side of the street until it reaches the corridor again between Kenyon Street and Flat Shoals Avenue,” the website says. “The trail will then follow the corridor south to the intersection of Memorial Drive and Bill Kennedy Way.”

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