Raleigh breaks ground on Neuse River greenway

Posted February 4, 2010 2:14 p.m. EST

— Raleigh officials broke ground Thursday on the Upper Neuse Greenway Trail, the first link of a planned trail that will stretch from Falls Lake to the Johnston County line.

The initial segment of the greenway will extend 8 miles, from Falls Lake Dam to the WRAL Soccer Center on Perry Creek Road. The remainder of the trail is under design.

The 10-foot-wide asphalt trail will be used for biking, walking or activities like bird watching, officials said. The trail also will include seven bridges, an elevated boardwalk, a railroad underpass shelter, landscaping and park furniture.

Connecting points for the Upper Neuse Greenway Trail will include sites in the Bedford, Falls River and Riverside subdivisions. Plans call for the trail to connect to future park sites on Falls of Neuse Road and Thornton Road and at the North Wake Landfill recreation site.

Construction of the trail is scheduled to be complete in the spring of 2011. The $3.9 million trail is being paid for by federal funds and city parks bonds that Raleigh voters approved in 2003 and 2007.

The entire greenway is estimated to cost $30 million, and official said about half of the funding has been secured already. Plans call for it to connect to the Walnut Creek and Crabtree Creek greenway trails in Raleigh and to residential communities in the towns of Wake Forest and Knightdale.