Sandy Springs’ PATH400 Connection is right around the corner

The PATH400 project has been humming along for a few years now. In case you’re not familiar with PATH400, It is a multi-use trail that follows the Georgia SR 400 corridor from the Lindberg area north toward Sandy Springs. PATH400 connects to other metro Atlanta trail systems like the Atlanta Beltline, and the South Fork Trail. The Path is completed as far north as Wieuca Road, and includes numerous public art installations. Our friends at Livable Buckhead have led the charge to make PATH400 possible, and the project is currently preparing its final stages.

It’s this final stage of construction that will bring PATH400 north, where it will continue into Sandy Springs and connect with trail systems here. Construction will begin soon to take PATH400 north from Wieuca Road along the west side of SR 400. The Path will pass under SR 400 at Mountain Way Common, and continue along the east side of SR 400 to Loridans Drive at Loridans Park. After that, Livable Buckhead and Sandy Springs will coordinate to continue PATH 400 along the east side of SR 400 to the Glenridge connector, where it will interface with future trail connections and continue north.

The Sandy Springs Section

This section of the Path will go through the former toll plaza site, and cross Windsor Parkway and Northland Drive. The city has hosted numerous planning meetings with the neighborhoods along the route since 2017 to address community concerns with right-of-way, traffic, etc. Various sections of the proposed route will involve grading projects and working around the existing sound barrier walls. The planning committee has proposed interesting solutions such as translucent panels in the sound wall to help prevent the Path from feeling dark and closed off. 

Funding for the project will be split between state and Federal grants and TSPLOT funds. $22,854,000 has been approved by the GDOT, and the City of Sandy Springs will pay $4,498,000, with an additional $9.25 million requested from the Atlanta Regional Commission. The project was included in the TSPLOST 2 referendum which was approved in November 2021. 

The Sandy Springs trail extension for PATH400 is only 2.3 miles, with .5 miles in Atlanta and 1.8 miles in Sandy Springs, but it should prove to be an important link between Sandy Springs and the rest of Atlanta’s multi-use trail system.