Salem Creek Greenway options to be presented at Feb. 2 public meeting

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North Carolina Construction News staff writer

The City of Winston-Salem is considering options for extending Salem Creek Greenway from its current terminus at Marketplace Mall near Peters Creek Parkway to Forsyth Technical Community College.

A public input session will be held Feb. 2 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. to review four potential options at the Miller Park Community Center, 400 Leisure Lane.

The Greenway connects key destinations like Salem Lake, Winston-Salem State University, Happy Hill, Old Salem and Salem College, Washington Park, and Marketplace Mall.

Once constructed, the extension will expand access to additional resources adjacent to Peters Creek Parkway and Forsyth Technical Community College, including the Ardmore neighborhood.

Davenport has now completed the draft feasibility study with four possible alternatives to extend the trail.

Alterative one is a northern alignment along Salem Creek, with an underpass crossing of Peters Creek Parkway on the north side of Salem Creek, a pedestrian bridge over Peters Creek south of the Dynasty Furniture building, and an underpass crossing of Silas Creek Parkway on the north side of Salem Creek. •

Alternative 1A includes a pedestrian bridge over Peters Creek north of the Dynasty Furniture building.

Alternative two is a southern alignment along Salem Creek, with an underpass crossing of Peters Creek Parkway on the south side, pedestrian bridge over Salem Creek about 370 feet east of Silas Creek Parkway, and an underpass of Silas Creek Parkway on the north side and no crossing of Peters Creek.

Alternative 2A is modified for an underpass crossing of Silas Creek Parkway on the south side and a pedestrian bridge over Salem Creek approximately 80 feet west of Silas Creek Parkway.

Salem Creek Greenway is currently a 5.2-mile, eight-foot-wide paved trail that runs from Salem Lake Park west to the Marketplace Mall as shown in Figure 1-1. The Salem Creek Greenway is connected to numerous parks and trails including Washington Park, the Strollway, Long Branch Trail, Peachtree Greenway, Salem Lake Trail, and Reynolds Park.

The project ispart of the proposed Primary Southern Urban Route of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail system, a state project that would connect the Great Smoky Mountains with the Outer Banks. The greenway also provides connectivity between Winston-Salem State University, Salem College, Old Salem, and YWCA.

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