Final Pieces Assembled For First Phase Of Riverwalk On The Southside

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Todd Leamon, county public works administrator, said the final pieces have been assembled for the first phase of the extension of the Riverwalk from Ross's Landing Park in the direction of Lookout Mountain.

He said the section taking the popular trail to Middle Street is expected to cost about $10 million. He said the funding is in place.

The project is set to go out to bid in late spring.

Middle Street is off St. Elmo Avenue just south of the Southern Saddlery.

He said fundraising has begun for the final phase that will take the Riverwalk across South Broad Street to the foot of Lookout Mountain. The crossing will be near Mt. Vernon Restaurant. It will lead to the John Wilson Park on Cummings Highway.

The acclaimed trail begins at Chickamauga Dam. From the foot of the mountain, there are connections that eventually should take it all the way to Cloudland Canyon State Park above Trenton, Ga.

The city and county are paying Norfolk Southern Railway $4,200 per year on a 30-year lease for access across railroad property. Mr. Leamon said negotiations will continue on buying that property.

Also, Norfolk Southern will be paid $515,538 for a transportation license agreement allowing crossing of tracks. Mr. Leamon said an inspector will need to be onsite while the work is done. That funding will be 80 percent TDOT and 20 percent private.

PSC Metals is being paid $167,175 for two easements across its property. That is also funded 80 percent TDOT and 20 percent private.  

The city is giving an easement for the project.

CSX Transportation is being paid $30,000 for an easement. That is also funded 80 percent TDOT and 20 percent private.

The trail will go by the Cameron Harbor development and the Alstom property, then across the U.S. Pipe and Wheland Foundry sites.


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