Crews install 50-foot bridge over Mingo Creek for trail

mhankerson@newsobserver.comOctober 28, 2013 

Mingo Creek Trail will connect Knightdale to Raleigh’s Neuse River Trail when it is completed. Crews installed a bridge over Mingo Creek last week.

MECHELLE HANKERSON — PHOTO COURTESY OF BRIAN BOWMAN

— Crews moved the next step of the Mingo Creek Trail completion into place last week with the installation of a 50-foot bridge over the creek.

The trail will connect to the Princeton Manor, Planter’s Walk and Carrington Woods subdivisions to encourage residents to use the trail in their everyday lives, said Parks and Recreation Director Tina Cheek.

“(It’s) really important to council and staff, trying to give people a place to go to exercise and get healthier and get them to places so they don’t have to get in a car,” she said.

Cheek said with the connections to the town’s larger subdivisions and new pedestrian walkways on Knightdale Boulevard, the town wants to make it easier for residents to use the walkways and paths to do things like walk to get groceries.

In addition to its functionality, the trail is meant to add to the amenities the town offers.

“I think (the trail is) going to add a whole new component from the town,” Cheek said. “We want to see people out there enjoying the day and enjoying the scenery.”

The $2.5 million greenway connects Knightdale Station Park to the Neuse River Greenway with a pedestrian bridge near Anderson Point Park.

The 2-mile greenway is expected to be completed in early 2014, but Knightdale’s plans have spurred discussion in Wendell to see if it can work to get its own connective greenway.

According to Wendell Town Manager Teresa Piner, Wendell has had plans since 2002 to create its own greenway system. The town is still trying to find funding, but has tentative plans for a route.

Piner said the town wants to create trails to Carver Elementary and over Buffalo Creek to tie into the multipurpose trails near the Wendell Falls subdivision.

Although it will still be a while before the subdivision is ready for residents, it has about 1.6 miles of sidewalk completed that Piner said the town could use.

Ultimately, Piner said, the goal is to connect Wendell’s trails to Knightdale’s.

“It’s a matter right now of how we connect these bits and pieces and how we connect to Knightdale,” Piner said.

Cheek said Knightdale is working with Wendell on that.

Hankerson: 919-829-4826; Twitter: @easternwakenews

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