Extension proposed for new canal trail behind Sibley, King mills

'River Levee Trail' to be 700 feet long

A new trail between the Augusta Canal and the Savannah River could extend more than 700 feet, pending final approval for a state grant.


The project, initially called New Bartram Trail, has been under construction more than a year and includes 1,800 feet of concrete trail with bridges spanning the tailraces behind Sibley and King mills.

Russell Foster, the Augusta Canal Authority’s project manager, said plans are underway to use a $150,000 Georgia Department of Transportation grant to extend the trail.

“The proposed extension will include 274 linear feet of concrete trail, 18 linear feet of concrete ramp and 416 linear feet of timber boardwalk up the side of the levee,” he said, adding that the project will be renamed “River Levee Trail.”

The prefabricated bridge over the Sibley Mill tailrace was installed this year, and crews are now focusing on a suspension bridge for the King Mill tailrace.

“Cabling for the King Mill tailrace suspension bridge is being installed today,” Foster said. “Then work will begin on construction of the timber bridge spans.”

The extension would run from the King Mill tailrace bridge to the top of the levee along the Savannah River, allowing bicyclists a new way to access downtown.

The project – including the planned extension – could be completed sometime next year, Foster said.

The contractor is Massana Construction, of Tyrone, Ga.

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THE PROJECT: The Augusta Canal trail spur, now called the River Levee Trail, will run behind both Sibley and King mills, with bridges to breach the tailrace areas that flow into the Savannah River.

COST: $150,000


CONTRACTOR: Massana Construction

NEW DEVELOPMENTS: The trail will extend 700 feet, to include 274 feet of concrete trail, 17 feet of concrete ramp, 416 feet of timber boardwalk

WHAT’S NEXT: The proposed extension must be approved by the Army Corps of Engineers.