Construction Begins on New Silver Comet Connector

Construction is now underway on the Woodall Rail Trail, the first segment of the Silver Comet Connector in Atlanta.  The new trail will eventually connect the Silver Comet Trail to the Atlanta BeltLine.

Construction Begins on New Silver Comet Connector
 Courtesy of Upper Westside Community Improvement District

Ground has broken on the new Silver Comet Trail Connector, and bikers, hikers, and runners will soon have even more ways to explore the city.

The future trail follows Woodall Creek and a preserved 10-acre tract of land that’s home to native plants and wildlife. It begins at the future Northwest BeltLine connection at Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard and Elaine Avenue and extends north to the intersection of Chattahoochee Avenue and Chattahoochee Row at The Works.  (Map below.)

The 0.7-mile trail will provide safe walking and biking infrastructure in an area that’s currently lacking sidewalks and greenspace. Breaking ground on the new trail comes after years of planning.

“The Woodall Rail Trail is a testament to the commitment of our Upper Westside community, our project partners and the enduring spirit of collaboration,” said Elizabeth Hollister, Executive Director of the Upper Westside Community Improvement District. “It symbolizes the shared dedication to creating a healthier, more sustainable and interconnected Atlanta.”

Project partners Groundwork Atlanta and Trees Atlanta lead volunteer groups, which removed invasive plants from the 10-acre tract. Their restoration work will include replanting native grasses, shrubs and trees along the trail.

The trail segment is aptly named the Woodall Rail Trail because it winds along the banks of Woodall Creek and through sections of abandoned rail spurs that were once part of a vast industrial network.

The Silver Comet Trail is a nearly 100-mile paved, non-motorized path connecting metro Atlanta to Anniston, Alabama popular with cyclists, hikers and pedestrians. The Silver Comet Trail runs through Cobb, Paulding, and Polk counties.

The new trail is expected to open in early 2025.

Construction Begins on New Silver Comet Connector
Courtesy of Upper Westside Community Improvement District

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Construction Begins on New Silver Comet Connector