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Originally published: 2014-05-16 13:26:02
Last modified: 2014-05-16 13:26:02

Stream restoration, Greenway closure delayed until July

by Anna Oakes

The town of Boone previously announced that a section of the Greenway Trail would be closed beginning April 1 for a streambank restoration project, but that closure has been delayed until July.


The South Fork New River bank 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, town officials said.


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," a town notice said.


Eric Gustaveson, interim Public Works Department director, said, "We're looking at a July 7 start date."


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 -- which will restore approximately 4,000 linear feet of the river -- 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.


Gustaveson said delays in finalizing contracts were the reason for the postponed project start date. However, contractor Lyndco Inc. is confident the project can be completed by September or October, he said.


For more information, contact Gustaveson at (828) 268-6230 or (eric.gustaveson@townofboone.net)