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Wilmington’s South College Road Trail underway, expected to open this year

Work has begun on Wilmington's South College Road Trail, which will eventually connect to the Cross City Trail by the end of 2018.

WILMINGTON—Piece by piece, Wilmington is adding on pedestrian and cyclist connections along well-traveled thoroughfares in town.

The recently-approved South College Road Trail is currently under construction and will soon feature a 1.3-mile multi-use path along South College Road in Wilmington.

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After the project was approved by City Council in March, contractors began work on the path in May. The path is expected to be open to the public by the end of 2018.

A $1.4 million project, the trail was included in a voter-approved transportation bond in 2014.

The bond included $44 million to be dedicated toward 37 projects in the city. Since the bond was approved, the city has leveraged an additional $11 million to go toward its entire package of projects.

Initially dubbed the “Central College Trail,” the South College Road Trail runs between South 17th Street and Holly Tree Road. Though initial plans show the trail running on the east side of South College Road, construction is occurring on the west side, adjacent to commercially-zoned land.

In addition to a path along South College Road, the trail will also include bike lanes on Holly Tree Road in both directions between South College and Shipyard Boulevard.

Upon completion, the trail will provide added connectivity to the Gary Shell Cross-City Trail, accessible along South 17th Street and Waltmoor Road.

Further out, the city plans to begin construction of the Greenville Loop Trail in 2020. The 4.3-mile multi-use path will connect to the South College Road Trail on Holly Tree Road.

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