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Greenway extension appears near

POSTED: October 10, 2013 12:26 a.m.
 

Construction to extend the Big Creek Greenway will start up again soon, nearly four years after the last section opened.

Forsyth County commissioners awarded a bid to CRS Building Corporation on Tuesday to complete the next 2.8-mile phase of the popular trail.

The fourth phase will extend the path from its current northern end on Bethelview Road to where Kelly Mill and Johnson roads meet.

The project totals about $2.8 million, coming in under the $3.1 million budget estimated in the $100 million parks, recreation and green space bond.

Once complete, the trail will span about 9.6 miles from the trailhead on McFarland Parkway.

The construction of phase four is expected to take about a year, said Tim Allen, Forsyth County’s assistant director of engineering.

The trail will travel along Big Creek for about 2.1 miles and then continue alongside Kelly Mill Road for about three-quarters of a mile, Allen said.

The path will continue under Bethelview Road at the existing bridge, he said.

According to the design, about 1.6 miles will be a concrete path and 1.2 miles will be boardwalk.

Deputy County Manager Tim Merritt said the planned boardwalk sections have been “beefed up” to be more durable in this phase than the three previous ones.

The fifth and final designed phase will extend the trail north to Sawnee Mountain Preserve. A timeframe to construct that portion hasn’t been established.

A trailhead on Johnson Road isn’t included in the design for fourth segment, but county spokeswoman Jodi Gardner said that parking lot is in development.

“The plans for the actual project that will be constructed, however, will not be completed until the necessary property has been obtained,” Gardner said.

Commissioners on Tuesday also approved plans to build a restroom facility on the greenway at Union Hill Road.

 

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