September 20, 2016
Warrenton greenway extension planned in ’17
Map/Piedmont Environmental Council
The project will extend the greenway from its terminus along the Eastern Bypass to the county-owned Fauquier Education Farm property.
Warrenton Greenway extension could open fall 2017
Barring complications, the planned 0.9-mile addition to the Warrenton Branch Greenway could be completed in about a year, according to Fauquier Parks and Recreation Director Larry Miller.
The extension would link the existing 1.5-mile-long greenway to the county-owned Stafford property, home to the Fauquier Educational Farm on Meetze Road, about a mile southeast of Warrenton.
While the paved trail would end on the Stafford property, hikers and bikers can continue for close to a mile on a dirt path to the Lord Fairfax Community College campus south of town.
Fauquier’s board of supervisors on Sept. 8 awarded a $110,000-contract to Richmond-based Timmons Group to design the trail extension.
Timmons should complete the design, which will include a 10-foot-wide asphalt trail, by spring 2017, Mr. Miller said.
That would allow the county to seek construction bids next summer.
“If everything falls into place, (the greenway extension) could open next fall,” Mr. Miller said. “How often do things fall into place? Hopefully, this will be one of them.”
Fauquier will use a $428,000 federal government Transportation Equity Act grant to design and build the one-mile trail extension on the old Orange & Alexandria Railroad.
Mr. Miller valued the county’s grant match at $113,272, including the purchase of a 60-foot right-of-way for the extension. The Piedmont Environmental Council donated $30,000 for right-of-way acquisition.
Automated counters along the trail record visits to the greenway, which opened Oct. 10, 1998.
From July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016, the counters recorded 90,620 visits, according to the parks and recreation department.
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TodNehman · September 20, 2016 at 6:41 pm
Swiss Miss Thank you! Your perfect entry saved me tons of typing. I would just add the sign that used to read "ITS FINALLY HAPPENING 2015"...that got repainted to read 2016 and now a FRACTION of the project will be done in 2017 -dirt? really?
OK I AM PRO THIS TRAIL-been waiting for years but let me say this: $110,00 to design it? THEN additional bids to build it? THERE IS NOTHNING TO DESIGN!!! The railroads already did that-a perfect path graded to no more than 1-2% rise....All that is needed the construction company to clear the trees etc and pave it. Unbelievable, maybe we should first commission a study for the next 6 years? What was promised was a PAVED trail all the way to Green road...not a dirt rabbit path to the community college (that should be paved too). PATHETIC! Glad the moonshot was NOT handled by Warrenton or we would still be trying to figure out if the pointy end of the rocket goes first!
BikerFriendlyGal · September 20, 2016 at 12:37 pm
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