WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05) and Senators Jon Ossoff (D-GA) and Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA) announced they secured $16.4 million to fund construction of the Atlanta BeltLine.
The project will construct approximately two miles of the Southside Trail component of the Atlanta BeltLine from Pittsburgh Yards to Boulevard Crossing Park including a 14-foot-wide concrete trail, ADA-accessible ramps, crosswalks and signals, lights and security cameras, advanced environmental remediation, utility relocations, stormwater infrastructure, extensive retaining walls, major bridge enhancements, and landscaping. The project includes two major bridge renovations, six vertical connections, and two at-grade crossings.
“I have worked to secure the resources needed to complete the BeltLine Southside Trail—including submitting a $5,000,000 Member Designated Transportation Project—because this is a project that will truly benefit the people of Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District,” said Congresswoman Williams, who is also a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “The BeltLine, located entirely in the Fifth Congressional District, is a model for the rest of the country for how to build environmentally friendly infrastructure that connects neighborhoods. I am proud that the Department of Transportation recognizes the hard work being done by the Atlanta BeltLine and I am confident this grant will pave the way to complete the Southside Trail.”
“This $16 million investment in the BeltLine is going to substantially accelerate the project and will help communities all around Metro Atlanta,” said Sen. Ossoff. “When I was campaigning for the Senate, I made promises to deliver resources for the BeltLine, and I’m keeping those promises.”
“When we connect our communities with pedestrian and bike trails, we provide a pathway for residents to enjoy local green spaces and invest in small businesses,” said Senator Reverend Warnock. “We bolster social and economic mobility for hardworking Georgians when we make strong Federal investments in projects like the Atlanta BeltLine, and I look forward to securing more infrastructure investments like this one for other vital transportation projects in Atlanta and across our state.”
“We are incredibly appreciative to the USDOT and our congressional delegation for the recognition and support of the Atlanta BeltLine,” said Clyde Higgs, President and CEO of Atlanta BeltLine. Inc. “This project is much more than public infrastructure. With people at the forefront, the BeltLine is improving connections to jobs, schools, and opportunities, enhancing equity and mobility, and fostering culture.”