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Greenway repairs begin
Weather to affect finish date
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A walker steps across one of the damaged sections of the Big Creek Greenway boardwalk, marked with orange paint for repair. - photo by Jim Dean

 

Forsyth County parks and recreation staff have begun repairing a closed portion of the Big Creek Greenway.

County spokeswoman Jodi Gardner said the county hopes the repairs can be completed and the trail reopened in few months, weather permitting.

Heavy rains, like those the area has experienced in the past week, could delay the work.

The 1.8-mile section from McFarland Parkway to Union Hill Road has been closed since March 15 as a result of damage to the boardwalk.

A number of decking joists beneath the boardwalk have broken, Gardner said, though an exact cause has not been determined.

The section of boardwalk will have to be removed and the joists replaced.

Gardner said the county will continue to evaluate the repairs with its engineering firm.

“Working with the engineers will provide us a better idea of the scope of repairs, time frame and estimated costs,” she said.

The remaining portion of the greenway, between Union Hill and Bethelview roads, remains open.

“Forsyth County knows the Big Creek Greenway is an important amenity for our citizens,” Gardner said.

“We are working to ensure the repairs on the closed section are made in a timely manner and also that they are done right.”