Forsyth County has moved forward with settling issues that have kept the fourth phase of the Big Creek Greenway from opening.
During a recent work session, Forsyth County commissioners voted 4-0, with District 3 Commissioner Todd Levent absent, to resolve disputes with property owners near the biking and pedestrian pathway whose land contractors spilled onto during construction.
“Phase four was the subject of a couple of issues getting it open, and one of them has been with the contractor having built some of the greenway outside of the right of way that the county owned,” County Attorney Ken Jarrard said.
The county settled with contractor CRS Building Corp. over the issue in March.
“We have put them on notice of these issues and required them to clean it up, and that is either in the form of relocating those sections of the actual improvement that were outside the right of way or getting corrective deeds,” Jarrard said.
The owners of two of those properties were given quit claim deeds for land the county is already using for the project and accepted other land in its place.
Five other “cleanup deeds” were also accepted to correct the route.
All items were approved on a time-sensitive basis, meaning they will not need to come back before the commission at a regular meeting.
No opening date for this phase of the greenway was given during the meeting, though county officials have previously indicated that it should be open to the public soon.
Residents are encouraged not to use the trail until its official opening.
Work on Phase 4 of the trail began in 2014 and was originally slated to open in 2015, but it has long been delayed.
It will extend the path from Bethelview Road to the area around Kelly Mill and Johnson roads and will bring the total length of the route to about 9.6 miles.
A slight reroute is also happening due to the widening project on Bethelview Road, which will add a new bridge over the creek.
Construction is being funded by a parks, recreation and green space bond program voters approved nearly eight years ago.
The county is already working on the greenway’s fifth phase, which will eventually take it all the way to Sawnee Mountain.