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Monday, 08 February 2016 20:38

Walk Chastain Construction Update


Thank you for your continued patience as The Chastain Park Conservancy, The PATH Foundation, and the City of Atlanta expand the PATH on Powers Ferry Road. We understand the Chastain Community, and particularly the neighbors immediately adjacent to the construction site, have been greatly impacted by the construction process. We apologize for the inconvenience during construction and continue to coordinate with all the varied parties associated with this construction project to ensure Walk Chastain remains on schedule and is completed safely.

Below please find communication on the project status by clicking Read More below:

1. When will the project be done and has the timeline changed?
PATH, which is managing construction, anticipates the trail reopening to pedestrians by May 1, 2016. This date is consistent with our original estimate. The scope of work includes transfer of overhead utilities, infrastructure improvements, and the completion of the walking trail. Project rain days have been consumed due to the amount of rain received in December.

2. Why is the project taking so long to complete?
The project timeline is long due to the 8 months required for three different utility companies (Georgia Power, Comcast and AT&T) to move wires on 39 utility poles, plus the additional time required for various City Departments to coordinate and complete all their work. Additional coordination of activities outside the original scope of work such as the new waterline and providing conduit for Google Fiber along Powers Ferry moved up the timing of the sidewalk demolition.

3. What is the current timeline? What should we expect to see on site?
Over the next three weeks the City of Atlanta Water Department, AT&T Residential, and the Lewallen Construction will be on site finalizing the water line replacement, utility relocation and granite wall repair. Once the Water Department and AT&T Residential are finished with their scope of work, Lewallen Construction will take over the site to finalize the old utility pole removal and build the new sidewalk expansion. This part of the construction process is expected to take us through the end of April.

4. I didn't realize the water line was going to be replaced? Why is this happening and what impact is it having on the project?
The City of Atlanta Water Department needed to replace the dated water service to the fire hydrants. This work was not initially part of the Walk Chastain scope of work and moved up the timing of the sidewalk demolition. The contractor is currently working in tandem with the City Contractor to expedite the installation of the new waterline and replacement of the wall. The waterline replacement needed to happen in the next couple of years and it was important to incorporate its replacement at this time to avoid a future sidewalk refurbish.

5. What have you done to ensure safe conditions for pedestrians and bikers during construction?
The Contractor and the Conservancy have installed additional barrier fencing, chain link panels, and construction signage to discourage trail users from walking through the construction site. Additional signs have been posted throughout the project asking park users to consider alternate routes and other staging areas at Chastain Park. The Conservancy worked with the Department of Public Works to approve 25 MPH signage along the Powers Ferry Road construction corridor. These signs are now installed and $100 fines have been posted for breaking the speed limit. Police officers have been deployed to monitor the site and encourage pedestrians and bikers to use alternate routes. However, pedestrians are in their legal right to walk on the road. Additionally, the Conservancy maintains social media postings on Facebook, Instagram, and NextDoor Chastain to encourage users to use other areas of the park. We will maintain active communication on the Chastain Park Conservancy (CPC) website (, Facebook and Instagram as well as by attending Chastain Park Civic Association (CPCA) meetings. We appreciate your support and continued communication. In the meantime, if you have any questions please email either Pete Pelligrini at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Rosa McHugh at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thank you for your patience as we enhance the safety and efficiency of the Chastain Park PATH trail.