Carolina Beach Town Council recently approved an island greenway project that will afford residents more space on the island to bike, walk and run.
The approved project is a 1.2-mile paved multi-use trail that begins at the Mike Chappell Park and continues south to Alabama Avenue, according to Carolina Beach Town Manager Michael Cramer. The entire route is within a wooded Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point (MOTSU) buffer area east of Dow Road, where development isn’t permitted.
The approved route was one of several town council considered following a series of workshops with the town’s island greenway group.
“This route provides a safe and convenient off-street pedestrian and bicycle connection between the rapidly developing Wilmington Beach area and central neighborhoods to the north, Carolina Beach Elementary School, Lake Park and the central business district,” the group said. “The project was identified as a priority in the 2011 Carolina Beach bicycle multi-use plan, and also noted as a priority in Cape Fear Commutes 2035 Plan and Wilmington-New Hanover County Greenway Plan.”
The town received a $586,031 grant and will fund a match of $146,508, according to Cramer. The total project budget is $732,539. Work was originally expected to get underway this summer with completion by November 2016, but Cramer said the timeline has shifted. Design and permitting for the project is expected to be complete by late summer 2015, with construction beginning in December and completion mid-summer 2016.
Additional information is available on the town website.