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Input sought on extending Greenway to Brooklet
Meetings set for Monday, Thursday
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In this 2012 file photo, Jamie Clark, left, and Kristin Ahonen enjoy a stroll on the S&S Greenway bike trail. Bulloch County and the Town of Brooklet are seeking public input on a proposed 3.1-mile extension of the S&S Greenway from the Five Points roundabout intersection linking to Brooklet Elementary School. - photo by By SCOTT BRYANT/staff

Public Greenway meetings

Monday
Brooklet Town Hall
104 Church Street
Brooklet
6-7:30 p.m.

Thursday
Bulloch County Board of Commissioners North Main Annex
115 North Main Street
Statesboro
6-7:30 p.m.

Bulloch County and the Town of Brooklet are seeking public input on a proposed 3.1-mile extension of the S&S Greenway from the Five Points roundabout intersection linking to Brooklet Elementary School.

The county and Brooklet plan to jointly submit a competitive grant application in excess of $1 million to aid in completing this project, with one third of the funds being supported by the recently approved 1 percent Transportation Local Option Sales Tax.  This project is eligible for federal grant funding from the “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act” Transportation Alternatives Program, which is administered by the Georgia Department of Transportation. 

Bulloch County and Brooklet will sponsor two public information meetings: The first on Monday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Brooklet’s Town Hall and the second on Thursday, also from 6 to 7:30 p.m., in the Bulloch County Commissioners meeting room in Statesboro

The first phase of the Greenway, completed in 2013, leads from a trail-head on Gentilly Road, under the Veterans Memorial Parkway, to Cawana Road. From Cawana, the path continues along Railroad Bed Road, to a second trail-head at the intersection of Burkhalter Road and Pretoria Rushing Road.    

Work to complete the initial section of pathway was paid for, in large part, by approximately $1 million garnered through several grants awarded to Bulloch County and Statesboro-Bulloch Parks and Recreation. 
The Bulloch Greenways Partnership — comprised of the Recreation Department, the Bulloch Greenways Steering Committee, Georgia Southern University and area government agencies — is developing the greenway, and others, to make non-motorized recreation opportunities, such as walking, biking and jogging more convenient for area residents.

For next week’s meetings, Bulloch County has produced a survey and comment instrument that will be available for interested parties at the public information meetings, and also online using the following sources:

Bulloch County Board of Commissioners Facebook page

Bulloch County website at www.bullochcounty.net

Statesboro-Bulloch Parks and Recreation at www.bullochrec.com/greenway

The existing completed phases of the S&S Greenway have proven to be very popular trails for Bulloch residents, which is an important part of securing the federal grant. In fact, key scoring criteria for the federal grant includes public support.

 

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