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Big Creek Greenway in Forsyth County extension to start soon

by Caitlin Wagenseil

October 22, 2013

FORSYTH, Ga. Construction on a new phase of Big Creek Greenway in Forsyth County is expected to begin soon, officials say.

The project, funded by the 2008 voter-approved Parks, Recreation and Green Space Bond, will likely be finished by October 2014.

The cost of the project totals about $2.8 million, coming in under the $3.6 million estimated cost.

"Phase four of the Big Creek Greenway consists of constructing a 12-foot-wide multi-use trail out of concrete and boardwalk along Big Creek and Kelly Mill Road," said Jodi Gardner, director of communications for Forsyth County.

The project starts at the Bethelview Road trail head, continues along Big Creek for approximately 2.1 miles and then runs parallel to Kelly Mill Road for approximately 0.75 miles, ending at Johnson Road, Gardner said.

Once phase four is completed, the trail will span approximately 9.65 miles in Forsyth County.

Tim Allen, Forsyth County assistant director of engineering, said the fourth phase will consist of about 1.85 miles of concrete trail, 0.96 miles of boardwalk and two bridges.

And a project is in sight to connect the Forsyth Greenway to the Alpharetta Greenway.

"We are working on a project that will add a sidewalk connection between Ronald Reagan Boulevard and Shiloh Road to connect Big Creek trail to the multi-use trail in 2014," Allen said.

He added that the City of Alpharetta is working to complete a connection from Ronald Reagan Boulevard down McGinnis Ferry Road to the greenway in Alpharetta.

A time frame for constructing a fifth phase of the greenway has not yet been decided, but Allen said funding is available for it under the Parks, Recreation and Green Space Bond.

The project will move forward once the board of commissioners authorizes right of way for purchasing and construction.

For more information on the greenway project, visit www.forsythco.com.