New Greenway Remains Closed To Public Until Official Opening

Island Greenway currently under construction. The Town recently announced that while the asphalt path is complete, the overall project is still under construction and the public is not permitted to use the path until it is officially open in January 2019. Island Greenway currently under construction. The Town recently announced that while the asphalt path is complete, the overall project is still under construction and the public is not permitted to use the path until it is officially open in January 2019.

New Greenway Remains Closed To Public Until Official Opening Featured

By / Local News / Wednesday, 12 December 2018 14:42

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH -  The Carolina Beach Town Council voted to approve the route of  a 1.2 mile long "Island Greenway" multi-use bicycle and pedestrian path during their March 10th, 2015 meeting. The project is funded by local tax dollars and federal and state grants.

Construction began in January 2018, and was planned for completion by September 2018. Now the Town forecasts completion in January 2019.

Although the asphalt path has been completed, work remains to be completed including installation of a fence, seeding and mulching and installation of signs.

Town official issued a notice earlier this week informing the public that until all work is completed, the path is not open to the public.

Interim Town Manager Ed Parvin explained, " Until the project is finished, only construction crews, Town staff, and military personnel are allowed in the area. Completion is anticipated in late January 2019 when a grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting will be scheduled."

The 1.2 mile paved 10’ multi-use path borders residential neighborhoods such as Carolina Sands and land owned by the U.S. Army's Military Ocean Terminal at Sunny Point (MOTSU) from Mike Chappel Park on Dow Road south to Alabama Avenue.

Since the path is located on Army property, the Town was required to enter a lease agreement which included a requirement to install a fence. In 2015 Council selected a six-foot tall chain link fence topped with bard wire per the Army's specifications. The fence would prevent people from climbing over and trespassing on military land. In recent months residents living along the path became concerned when installation of the fence began.

The Council heard concerns from residents via emails sent to Town Hall and at the Council's August 14th, 2018 meeting.

Many residents urged the Town to select a different type of fence without bard wire on top because many felt the fence looked like something often seen at a prison.

The Council directed the Town Manager and staff to research other options that would be more aesthetically pleasing. Work on the fence was placed on hold during that time.

The Council ultimately selected a more aesthetically pleasing black metal fence without bard wire on top.

The original budget for a bard wire fence along the path was $81,151.

The cost for the new fence without the bard wire is $176,123. Part of the bard wire fence had already been installed and had to be removed prior to installation of the more expensive style fence.

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