Sens. Ossoff & Warnock, Rep. Williams deliver historic $25 million for Northeast BeltLine Trail
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding is largest Federal grant in BeltLine history
Funding will also add pedestrian safety improvements to the path
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Jon Ossoff, Reverend Raphael Warnock, and Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05) are delivering new resources to accelerate construction of the Atlanta BeltLine.
Following their years-long push to accelerate development of the BeltLine, Sens. Ossoff and Warnock and Rep. Williams are delivering $25 million through the bipartisan infrastructure law to continue expansion and upgrade facilities along the BeltLine.
The new resources, which Sens. Ossoff and Warnock and Rep. Williams secured with bipartisan support in Congress, will expand Segment 3 and Connector Trails 1-3 of the Atlanta BeltLine Northeast Trail.
The funds will be used for the construction of a 2.2-mile network of multi-use trails in northeast Atlanta between the Armour/Ottley and Lindbergh areas. This will be the first time the Atlanta BeltLine trail will connect to a MARTA transit station at Lindbergh Center, fulfilling its vision to connect with the region’s larger transportation network.
The new funding will also add necessary safety upgrades to the development, including new and improved bridge structures, ADA-accessible ramps, crosswalks and signals, lights and security cameras, stormwater infrastructure, and landscaping.
“The BeltLine is transformative Metro Atlanta infrastructure project to upgrade quality of life and spur equitable development across the region. Through the bipartisan infrastructure law, we are investing to accelerate the completion of the BeltLine Trail,” Sen. Ossoff said. “Imagine families walking and biking, restaurants, retail, and small businesses, green spaces and trail connectivity across Metro Atlanta. This is a huge step forward toward that vision.”
“The BeltLine is more than a walking path, it is an artery connecting Atlantans to each other and their neighborhoods in the heart of our state,” said Senator Reverend Warnock. “That is why I am proud to have worked alongside Senator Ossoff to secure these funds for the city to expand trail construction, bolster accessibility, strengthen economic development and more. Atlanta is on the frontlines of our green economy, and by investing in this world-class transportation corridor, we are continuing to pave a path towards a better tomorrow.”
“Over and over again, we see how much the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law invests in people. This $25 million for continued BeltLine expansion will connect people to essential transportation and the best our region has to offer–safely and with a focus on accessibility. The BeltLine is a catalyst for equity, growth, and opportunity for Atlantans and is a shining example of what it looks like to think boldly about infrastructure,” Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05) said.
“The Northeast segment of the BeltLine is a huge undertaking, but Atlanta does big and we do it well—and we do it together,” said Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens. “Thanks to Senator Ossoff, Senator Warnock, Congresswoman Williams and the Biden Administration, Atlanta now has $25 million in funding—in addition to millions in infrastructure dollars already delivered—for utility, stormwater, accessibility and safety infrastructure for Segment 3 and surrounding connectors.”
“With the incredible support of the USDOT and our Congressional delegation, we’re creating a city that allows people to move within it, creating new access points that lead to jobs, housing, and activities,” said Clyde Higgs, President and CEO of Atlanta BeltLine. Inc. “The BeltLine is creating a vibrant public space and a more equitable city for Atlantans by ensuring mobility and access for all who live and work near the corridor. The construction of the Northeast Trail network is a crucial part of this vision.”
In recent years, Sens. Ossoff and Warnock and Rep. Williams have secured more than $21 million in Federal funding to accelerate construction of the BeltLine and expand affordable transportation access for Georgians in and around Atlanta.
In 2021, Sen. Ossoff secured a commitment from U.S. Transportation Secretary Buttigieg to prioritize construction of the BeltLine to finalize the 22-mile loop around Atlanta.