Preliminary map of the 5-mile Ga. 400 trail connecting Buckhead to the Atlanta Beltline.

Livable Buckhead on Feb. 27 released a preliminary map and an updated timeline for the construction of the Ga. 400 trail, a proposed 5-mile path for pedestrians, cyclists and skaters that is intended to connect Buckhead’s businesses, parks and schools to the Atlanta BeltLine.

Denise Starling, executive director of the nonprofit Livable Buckhead, released a brochure with facts about the trail and a list of frequently asked questions. Starling said the maps are preliminary and said Livable Buckhead is in the process of getting feedback from nearby property owners.

“They’ve got a lot of opportunity to come talk to us,” she said. “The more input they provide the better.”

Several organizations are involved with the trail.

Livable Buckhead will manage it in partnership with the Buckhead Community Improvement District and the PATH Foundation, a nonprofit that has constructed other trails in the Atlanta area. The organizers expect that Georgia Department of Transportation and MARTA will provide easements for the project.

The trail will be supported by the Buckhead Area Transportation Management Association, Buckhead Business Association, the city of Atlanta and Neighborhood Planning Unit B. The anticipated cost of the trail is $10 million.

According to the latest schedule:

• The trail project is currently in the process of locating trees, topography and drainage patterns. That process is expected to be completed by March.

• The conceptual and preliminary design is expected to be complete by September.

• The final design is expected to be complete by March 2013.

• April 2013-August 2013: permitting begins.

• September 2013 to July 2014: trail construction.

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