Westside Trail – 1385 Ralph David Abernathy Access Point

Westside Trail near Ralph David Abernathy Blvd // Subarea 1

The aim of this project is to provide an access point to the Westside Trail at Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. (RDA)

This will include the reconfiguration of Gordon St. to add crosswalks, Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons (RRFB) and other safety improvements for pedestrians and cyclists. The project is current in design.

ABI Project Map of 1385 RDA Access Point

Project Status

This project will provide a new access point to the Westside Trail, with a protected crossing across Ralph David Abernathy and a ramp and stair connection to the BeltLine. A landscaped plaza is also part of the design. The contractor, F.S. Scarbrough, has mobilized. Erosion control measures are in place, site fencing is installed, and heavy equipment delivered. Granite curb installation on South Gordon is in progress. On the trail access point, the contractor is cutting the grade down to begin excavation work for wall footings.  In addition, the trail wall will be cut for the new ramp and stair connection point.  A storm water tie-in will be required across the existing trail, which will mean cutting the trail concrete on the current trail, installing the storm water line across the trail, and then backfilling and pouring the trail concrete.  This work which will impact trail users will be scheduled and the community will be notified in advance.  The work is expected to be complete and open to the public within eight months, in spring of 2024.

Project Timeline

January 2021
90% Design Complete
January 2021
Submit permit set to GDOT. RDA is a state road requiring GDOT approval.
Spring 2023
Project slated to be bid for construction
Spring 2024
Project expected to be completed

Last Updated: December 26, 2023