Dunwoody City Council voted May 9 to approve nearly $65,000 for the design of the Cotillion Drive proposed multi-use path to include sidewalks and bike lanes between Chamblee Dunwoody Road and North Shallowford Road.

Sprinkle Consultants was awarded the contract for the design for its bid of $54,872, plus an additional $10,000 in contingency funding.

The proposed path was originally part of the Georgetown Gateway project, but was separated so it could be funded locally and constructed sooner, said Mindy Sanders, capital projects manager.

The city plans to replace part of the Cotillion Drive trail with a paved multi-use path in 2017. The road is a major connector to I-285 and the Georgetown commercial district.

 The new multi-use path is coming because the city is aware of Cotillion’s obvious pedestrian problem, said Public Works Director Michael Smith in a recent interview. But it’s taking years because new sidewalks cost roughly $250,000 per mile—Cotillion’s multi-use path probably will cost more than $1 million. The city’s overall plan for 20 miles of new sidewalks will cost at least $5 million—or about 16 percent of the city’s $32 million annual budget, if it were all done at once.