CORNELIUS – Residents can look forward to 2.6 miles of new greenway space on the east side of town.

The newly approved route for the Caldwell Station Creek Greenway is planned to run from Bailey Road Park to U.S. 21 across from Home Depot.

“The point about the brand and the funding that drove this project is all about connecting people to places and more importantly, places they want to go,” said Tedd Duncan, a senior associate with Stantec, a consulting group on the greenway project.

The town received a $2.15 million grant from the N.C. Department of Transportation for construction of the greenway.

The town is responsible for planning, design, acquisition and any construction costs not covered by the grant. Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture Director Troy Fitzsimmons said the town’s original estimated share of cost is $735,000 but may be lower than that at the end of construction.

Community workshops were held Feb. 12 and May 23 and input was also received from the Cornelius PARC Commission and Town Board at their budget retreat.

“Although all alignments were generally supported by the public comments,” Duncan said. “There was a clear desire from the community, as well as key stakeholders, for the greenway to provide a woodland experience for the user.”

Three routes were assessed but the PARC commission recommended the northern most alignment that the board approved on July 8.

The majority of the proposed trail alignment parallels a tributary of Caldwell Station Creek just south of the Heritage Green, Glen Oaks and Oakhurst communities along existing utility easements.

The key criteria for the greenway selection were that it provides a safe route and scenic user experience, minimize environmental impacts, build community support, connect people to where they want to be, expand recreational opportunities and minimize development costs.

The typical section will consist of a 10-feet-wide asphalt surface with grass shoulders.

“Having seen the three choices back in March at the planning retreat and understanding where we are now this is just a really great process to help us arrive at what I am sure will be a terrific amenity for our town,” Said Mayor Lynette Rinker.

Click here for more information, including maps and project plans, on the Caldwell Station Creek Greenway. 

Caldwell Station Creek Greenway estimate of probable construction costs:

• Primary greenway - $1,038,368

• Neighborhood entrances - $261,726

• Connector trails - $166,873

• Intersection improvements - $300,000

• State-required construction administration - $215,000

• Contingency - $168,033

• Grand total - $2,150,000

Potential partnership with Mecklenburg County and/or Huntersville dsegment:

19 space parking lot and connector trail -  $220,000