Critical link in PATH 400 Trail clinched in Sandy Springs

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April 12, 2014 Alpharetta - Ken Gilbert rides his bike down the path of the Big Creek Greenway in Alpharetta on Saturday, April 12, 2014. JONATHAN PHILLIPS / SPECIAL

A missing link between popular multi-use trails in Buckhead and Sandy Springs will soon be integrated into the PATH400 network.

The Sandy Springs City Council on Tuesday green-lighted an agreement with Livable Buckhead and the PATH Foundation to start designing a segment of trail between Loridans Drive and the Glenridge Connector.

The 2.1-mile stretch is a critical link between the terminus of the greenway as currently planned and the point where PATH400 will cross under the soon-to-be-redesigned I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. (Construction on the interchange is projected to start in 2016 and end in 2019.)

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“This vote allows us to keep building momentum for PATH400,” said Denise Starling, executive director of Livable Buckhead said in a statement. “Creating regional connectivity is one of the key benefits of this project, and without a link to the I-285/GA 400 interchange we weren’t able to deliver that.”

With Sandy Springs’ buy-in, PATH400 will be able to cprovide access to the BeltLine, the Silver Comet Trail and other regional trails.

The project is funded by a federal grant of $496,000 and $124,000 in matching funds from the PATH Foundation.

Work is proceeding on the original 5.2-mile stretch of PATH400 as well, with 38 percent of the project either complete, under construction or mobilizing. The Loudermilk Family Foundation recently announced a $250,000 matching gift for the PATH400 capital campaign. The campaign is still working to raise another $9 million that is needed to build the greenway.

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