“We had to take a foot out of all the travel lanes and reconstruct the medians,” she said. “So we’ve been doing that over the last month or so. … A good deal of that work has been done and now the curbs have been put in so you can see actually the outline of the trail itself.”
Starling said since the crew from Marietta-based Lewallen Construction has been working at night, the work has not had much of an impact on commuter traffic. Starling said Phase 1, which will be a half-mile stretch alongside Ga. 400 from Old Ivy Road to Lenox Road, is moving ahead on schedule with anticipated completion by the end of the year. She said response from the neighbors have been positive for the most part.
Pete Pellegrini, project manager for the foundation, said the neighbors have been excellent to work with. He said he thinks community members will embrace the project and make good use of the path once it is open.
Safety measures have been implemented in the project’s design, Starling said. The design team used Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design principles, which focus on deterring criminal behavior.
“It’s basically [focused on preventing] all the kinds of things that provide unsafe conditions — particularly places for people to hide, to jump out [and] to attack somebody,” Starling said.
Cameras will also be installed at the path’s major entry points and footage will feed into the city’s video integration center, she said.
Starling said plans for the next phases of the $10 million path project, which will be about five miles long overall, have yet to be announced. She said it will be split up in at least seven phases.