RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti joined Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker, U.S. Rep. Brad Miller and other officials today in dedicating the Upper Neuse Greenway in Raleigh. The ceremony, held at the Falls Lake Canoe Launch, was held to formally mark the completion of the eight-mile greenway, which includes a 10-foot-wide paved trail, seven bridges over the Neuse River, six boardwalks and a canoe launch. Click here to view photos of the ceremony.
"This project is an example of how investing in transportation infrastructure can improve the overall quality of life in a community," said Conti.
The path is the first completed section of the Neuse River Greenway, which will eventually stretch 28 miles in Wake and Johnston counties, making it the longest greenway in North Carolina. The Neuse River Greenway is part of a still larger system, the Mountains to Sea Trail, a path that stretches almost 1,000 miles across the state. The entire greenway should be completed by late 2012.
NCDOT's Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation provided $500,000 in funding for the $3.9 million Upper Neuse Greenway project, and has provided additional funding for three project segments in the Lower Neuse Greenway section that are currently under construction.