Sandy Springs & Atlanta Strike New PATH400 Deal

Posted on April 29, 2019

Buckhead has partially opened a new path dubbed ‘PATH400’. The name comes from it’s proximity to GA400 and will offer 5.2 miles of greenway through the heart of Buckhead. This path has been identified as the ‘spine’ of the future park system. With the lack of parks around the area, this is expected to bring Buckhead together by connecting neighborhoods, office/retail locations and offer a path for pedestrians and cyclists. According to the PATH400 website “The multi-use greenway will eventually join with the Atlanta Beltline in the south and trails in Sandy Springs and north Fulton County, providing a key link in a regional trail network.” This trail began construction in 2015 and is now halfway finished according to the Path400 online blog.

Both the City of Atlanta and Sandy Springs have entered an intergovernmental agreement to stretch the path up to Sandy Springs after a deal was struck between city leaders. Per the agreement Sandy Springs plans to budget $5.5 million for the 1.8 miles of trail. The entire trail would span 2.3 miles from Loridans Drive inside of the perimeter to just south of Johnson Ferry Road in Sandy Springs.  The Atlanta portion will be paid by Livable Buckhead and the PATH Foundation. The two cities agreed to provide 20% of local funding with an 80% federal match provided through GDOT.

The company spearheading this ongoing $800 million project is Livable Buckhead. At the end of 2018 the trail completion was at risk due to city funding, roughly $410 million dollars; like many other Buckhead projects currently under construction. In accordance to Livable Buckhead, BCID said $5 million is in jeopardy for completing the already ‘partially’ open PATH400 trail. The city is prioritizing projects and will continue to push for funding to keep the construction moving forward with an estimated completion date is January 23, 2023.