Central College Road Multi-use Trial officially opens

Central College Trail ribbon cutting

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - A ribbon cutting for the new 1.3 mile multi-use trail along South College Road was held Tuesday.

The paved, multi-use path runs along the west side of South College Road from Holly Tree Road to 17th Street/Waltmoor Drive.

“This trail provides a safe walking and biking alternative along this busy section of South College Road, connecting neighborhoods with numerous shops, restaurants and two grocery stores," city officials said in a news release. "On the south end, it connects with the Gary Shell Cross-City Trail. In addition to improving safety and connectivity, this trail addresses one of the top priorities identified from citizens in neighborhood meetings held around the city as part of the city’s effort to develop a long-term plan for growth.”

The project was passed as part of a 2014 transportation bond.

There are three more trails in planning or design phases as part of the 2014 bond including Masonboro Loop Trail, Kerr Avenue Trail and the Greenville Loop Trail, which will connect to the north end of the Central College Road Trail near Holly Tree Rd.

The city of Wilmington is also preparing to build new trail early next year on Park Avenue to connect the existing trail between Audubon and Kerr Avenue.

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