May 30, 2024 - News

Flint River trail project near Atlanta airport scores funding

A rendering of a pedestrian and bicycle bridge crossing a river near an airport

The Flint River Gateway Trails' vision includes green infrastructure to manage stormwater and flooding. Rendering: Courtesy of the Atlanta Regional Commission

A 31-mile trail network that would connect Atlanta, East Point, College Park and Hapeville to the long overlooked Flint River took a $15 million step toward becoming reality.

Why it matters: The Flint River Gateway Trails would give south metro Atlantans greater access to the region's growing bicycle network.

  • It would also increase awareness of the distressed river that begins flowing near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The latest: The Atlanta Regional Commission, Clayton County and the three cities will use a new $15 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant and $50 million in additional federal funding to plan and build several segments of the multi-use trail.

  • Previous planning efforts like Finding the Flint have called for trails and parks to protect the waterway that's been burdened by pollution and development.

What's next: The public visioning process for the trail network's design is scheduled to begin later this year.

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