went out today with the wife on the Greeneway and noted that they appear to be building an extension at the north/west terminus....does anybody know when this new section will open and how far it will go?
KConner, sorry you haven't gotten a reply until now...
The North Augusta Greeneway is being extended from where it currently ends at Pisgah Rd and Five Notch Rd to below Interstate 20. Basically another 2 miles. Scheduled completion is unknown due to weather. The trail bed has been laid and is waiting to have the asphalt put on whenever the weather decides to cooperate. Officially it is closed via closed road signs and marking tape, however I have seen a few "entitled" people on it in the past few weeks.
Maybe if T. Zeaser reads this he can give some more accurate insight?
Just my opinion.....Too many private property owners have the RR ROW. Too expensive to deal with those folks, some of whom would be against it.
I think the SCPRT Trails person told me a long time ago that the City of NA had the chance to have the ROW all the way out to 25, and voted against it. Soon after that the ROW was chopped up and sold to various folks as the area grew. I have no idea if this is true or not, but the source is credible. The same person stood on the ROW in the late 80's and said this would be a good greenway. He was right about that.
I'd be in the camp of wanting the Greeneway to go to the park and beyond....
Sorry folks, I don't know how I have missed this thread. Teds explanation of the current status of the Greeneway extension is accurate. The contract completion date is April 15, but hopefully should be sooner than that. The extension will terminate at Bergen Road with a new parking lot. The City also owns a few thousand feet of RR R/W north of Bergen road and is pursuing funding for that extension. This future extension will also include a "neighborhood connector" through The Village at Bergen Place and into Woodstone subdivision. Eventually this route will continue through Bergen Place out to Martintown Road.
The crossing of Bergen Road where the current extension ends remains a concern. This is a busy road with a 45 mph speed limit and poor sight distance. The conceptual plan includes a pedestrian underpass, but that comes with a high price tag.
Bill's opinion about the eventual extension out to "Northview Park" is also probably correct. The cost to secure the R/W would likely render the project cost prohibitive, not to mention the political backlash from all the condemnations that would be necessary. The Greeneway might get out there, but the former railroad will probably not be the route.
As far as single track at the activities center - that's not in any current plan. The conceptual plan for Northview Park does show some MTB trail. I'm just not sure there is sufficient acreage there. The focus out there right now is on a baseball/softball complex.