New path added at Rock Creek
Construction to extend part of the path for walkers and cyclists in Lewisburg is to begin in 4-6 weeks, city and federal officials said this week.
Meeting at the future site of the Rock Creek Park Greenway extension on Tuesday were U.S Rep. Bart Gordon (D-Murfreesboro), Lewisburg Mayor Bob Phillips, City Manager Eddie Fuller, and Lisa Cross of the South Central Tennessee Development District.
"It is a beautiful area," said Gordon. "It is important to preserve it for future generations and that is off to a great start."
The new extension will begin at Columbia State Community College and end at the railroad crossing at Big Rock Creek, a distance of 6,000 feet.
The greenway began in 2001 as a federally funded program by The Tennessee Department of Transportation to provide Lewisburg with the means to use alternative transportation.
The first greenway starting at the intersection of Yell Rd. and Cornersville Rd. and ending at City Hall was made possible by an $80,000 grant and $20,000 from the city.
"It was so popular we applied for another grant. We ended up funding the second phase on our own, including the bridge," said Fuller. "Marshall Medical Center gave $60,000 to make that possible."
Along with the bridge in Rock Creek Park, the greenway was extended from City Hall to Marshall Memorial Library.
"People use it every day, whether it is raining or 100 degrees. It amazes me," said Fuller.
The newest extension to the greenway is expected to take two months to complete from the start of construction. The width of the previous pathways was four ft., which will be extended to six ft. on the additional pathway, bringing the total construction cost for the newest addition to approximately $110,000.
Gordon played a key role in obtaining grant money for the new greenway project. "Gordon was instrumental in the phase three grant," said Phillips, expressing his appreciation.