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Big Creek Greenway fully operational after storm damage

Boardwalk replaced after tree crashed between mile 6.1-6.2

 
POSTED: April 13, 2017 6:51 p.m.
For the Forsyth County News/

The pedestrian and bicycle boardwalk at the Big Creek Greenway has re-opened after repairs from storm damage were completed between mile 6.1 and 6.2.

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SOUTH FORSYTH -- Just more than three weeks after a high-wind storm caused a tree to crash onto the Big Creek Greenway between mile 6.1 and 6.2, the pedestrian and bicycle boardwalk has re-opened after repairs were completed.

The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners authorized Steele and Associates to conduct emergency repairs on the greenway at their March 29 work session, just more than a week after the March 21 storm.

“The damaged section of the greenway is very popular. We are appreciative for the understanding and patience of citizens who had to modify their route while repairs were being made,” Parks and Recreation Department Director Jim Pryor said.

About 125 feet of the boardwalk, including deck service, handrails and the first layer of structural support, was removed and replaced, costing $107,353, according to Sarah Dunlap, a spokeswoman for the county government.

Another small portion of the greenway was closed temporarily at the Fowler Park trailhead due to the same storm, but those damages did not impact the actual boardwalk. The entrance re-opened by March 25.

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