Planning for the PATH400 multi-use trail’s missing link between Buckhead and Sandy Springs could begin soon under a grant recently secured by Livable Buckhead.

Originally proposed as a 5-mile trail, PATH400 current runs between Lenox and Old Ivy roads in Buckhead and has phased extensions north to Liordans Drive either under construction or already planned. Last year, the state Department of Transportation agreed to add another segment of PATH400 to its planned rebuild of the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange, a segment that would run between the Glenridge Connector and Peachtree-Dunwoody Road in Sandy Springs’ Pill Hill medical district.

Those plans left a missing link in PATH400 between Loridans and the Glenridge Connector. But late last year, Livable Buckhead secured an Atlanta Regional Commission grant to design that segment. The grant provides $496,000 in federal matching dollars, according to the city of Sandy Springs, and Livable Buckhead is providing $124,000 in matching funds.

At its Feb. 16 meeting, the Sandy Springs City Council will consider approving an agreement with Livable Buckhead and the PATH Foundation to move ahead with that design. Livable Buckhead would continue to lead the design process, as it has on the existing stretch of PATH400, with the city providing support.

John Ruch

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.