A ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of the City of Fayetteville’s Greenway Master Plan is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 30.

Phase I includes a walkway connecting the downtown with Stone Bridge Memorial Park. The groundbreaking will take place at the city’s “triangle” property located at the end of South Elk Avenue.

A pre-construction conference was held Monday of last week, said Scott Collins, city administrator, noting that all parties involved in the project were present. Construction will start on Aug. 19 and has a 180-day completion schedule.

“The Board of Mayor and Aldermen is excited to get the construction portion of the Phase I Greenway Project underway,” said City Mayor Michael Whisenant. “It is the first key piece to a long-term, greenway space development through the city.”

Almost four years in the works, the $701,160 project is funded by way of a state Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant amounting to $560,928 and a $140,232 local match from the city.

The Phase I project begins at the corner of the Fayetteville Municipal Building on the square, extends down South Elk Avenue and cuts over near Small & Small Oil Co., and then crosses through the Sequatchie Concrete Service property to Stone Bridge Park.

It is one of three projects associated with the Greenway Master Plan. Phase II calls for a pedestrian bridge across the Elk River, connecting the Phase I project with the Camp Blount Historical Site and the Huntsville Highway shopping district, and Phase III, a river walk from the pedestrian bridge around the perimeter of Camp Blount.

Funding for the $1.7 million Phase II project was secured almost two years ago, with $1.4 million coming from the state and another $353,489 coming from the city. That project is on target for going to bid in August or September.

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