Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. has selected Heath & Lineback Engineers, Inc., an engineering and design firm headquartered in Marietta, Georgia, to work on the Northeast Corridor Trail Project, ABI announced in a press release.
Once complete, the Northeast Corridor Trail will create connectivity to the intersecting trails of PATH400, North Fork Peachtree Creek (via the Cheshire Farm Trail), and South Fork Peachtree Creek.
The Northeast Trail generally runs between Monroe Drive and the MARTA Lindbergh Station, north of Lindbergh Drive. For the design of the new trail, Heath & Lineback will partner with Perez Planning + Design, LLC, Site Solutions, LLC and a diverse team of consulting firms providing design support services.
“The Northeast Trail has the potential to be the first section of the Atlanta BeltLine to cross active railroad tracks and I-85, and we are thrilled to have been chosen by ABI to design and engineer this project,” Patrick Peters, Heath & Lineback’s project manager for the new trail, said. “This trail will advance the vision of walking or biking from Memorial Drive, through Piedmont Park, and all the way to the Armour-Ottley district, PATH400, and MARTA’s Lindbergh station in Buckhead. And, just like the existing sections of the BeltLine, the trail will provide economic opportunities and greater connectivity.”
Design is expected to begin this summer and should take approximately 30 months. Community engagement is currently underway to provide project updates. Future public meetings will be scheduled to receive feedback on the design.
Funds from Transportation Improvement (TIP) allocations, administered through the Atlanta Regional Commission, will provide $4 million for the project.
“The public expects the highest standards of design and engineering for a project like the Atlanta BeltLine,” Brian P. McGowan, president and CEO of ABI, said. “The award of this contract was very competitive, and we are excited to see the vision of the Northeast Trail unfold under Heath & Lineback’s capable management.”