Boone Greenway section to be closed April through fall
by Anna Oakes
A section of the Boone Greenway Trail will be closed from April 1 until the fall as crews work to restore a South Fork New River bank.
The restoration will require the closure of the Greenway from the covered bridge at the State Farm fields to the second bridge on the trail. In addition, the wooded trail on the northeast side of the river from Hunting Hills Lane to the covered bridge could be closed for construction traffic, the town of Boone said via a public notice on its website.
A detour will be available from the covered bridge to the second bridge across one of the recreation fields.
"Event planners should be aware of this and plan their route accordingly," the town's notice said.
The town is working with multiple agencies on the estimated $2.65 million restoration project, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Committee for the New River, Federal Emergency Management Agency, N.C. Natural Resources Commission, N.C. State Historic Preservation Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Appalachian State University.
The project requires a local match of approximately $900,000 in cash, in-kind services and easements, said Jim Byrne, special assistant to the Boone town manager, last fall. Byrne said project partners Appalachian State University and the National Committee for the New River are helping the town provide the required match.
Byrne advised the Boone Town Council earlier this week that the project -- which will restore approximately 4,000 linear feet of the river -- should be completed by September or October.
"This is an important project for the long-term health of the river, as well as our Greenway Trail and adjoining green space," the town notice said.
For more information, contact Eric Gustaveson, interim Public Works Department director, at (828) 268-6230 or (email@example.com)