Extension proposed for new canal trail behind Sibley, King mills

'River Levee Trail' to be 700 feet long

Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 9:42 PM
Last updated Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 1:47 AM
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A new trail between the Augusta Canal and the Savannah River could extend more than 700 feet, pending final approval for a state grant.

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Contractors work on a cable bridge on what is the newest addition to Augusta Canal's network of trails that will be extended about 700 feet, using a Georgia Department of Transportation grant. Formerly the New Bartram Trail, the link that includes bridges over the Sibley and King Mill tailrace channels will now be called the "Augusta Levee Trail."   EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
Contractors work on a cable bridge on what is the newest addition to Augusta Canal's network of trails that will be extended about 700 feet, using a Georgia Department of Transportation grant. Formerly the New Bartram Trail, the link that includes bridges over the Sibley and King Mill tailrace channels will now be called the "Augusta Levee Trail."

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.

TRAIL EXPANSION

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

EXPECTED COMPLETION: 2014

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.

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countyman
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countyman 09/05/13 - 11:59 pm
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Hope to see this on the Facebook page.

Let's continue to use our most valuable resources to make Augusta unique.

Hopefully the extension of the Riverwalk into East Augusta, the urban park or Augusta Greenway in the CBD, park connected to the town center development in rural South Augusta, urban park in the Augusta Exchange, and the small green space on Washington rd or Riverwatch Pkwy will break ground by 2020.

The boat rides between the Village at Riverwatch/ Enterprise Mill would greatly improve the entertainment scene. The new Cabela's will definitely incorporate the canal into their store.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 09/06/13 - 07:22 am
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Maybe we can do the same of the South Side next?

How about a trail along the Savannah River headed up from Lock & Dam?

The 2195 Lock And Dam Rd is already part of a CONSERVATION COVENANT and would make a great SOUTH SIDE NATURAL TRAIL?

http://gismap.augustaga.gov/PictometryIPA/Default.aspx?Lat=33.37&Lon=-81...
Zoom out 4 or 5 times and shift left

An its only paying about $7 per/acre in taxes.
Has a parking lot already there at the trail head.

So no great loss in Tax revenue to use the existing road/path.

countyman
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countyman 09/06/13 - 10:46 am
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Nonnoc.. The canal is being

Nonnoc.. The canal is being paid for by federal grants.. The city is spending $500k on the new Bulter Creek Trailhead Park in South Augusta.

The Butler Creek Greenway will connect the Trailhead park, Lombard Mill Pond Trail, Phinizy Swamp, and Fort Gordon..

David Parker
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David Parker 09/06/13 - 02:24 pm
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Firstly, I agree this is needed.

I am mostly commenting on the numbers in the article, $212 per foot of concrete and wood to extend this trail. I'm not a trail-builder so Mister Foster would be the proper person to clarify this, but it suggests to me that the trail should have been extended with a machete and some riprap for about $212 total.

Now I understand there is a design for getting the trail on top of the levee. That can cost some money as it requires some 4 x 4 posts and maybe some type of switchback layout. Still doesn't come out to $212 a foot. Any ideas why so serious ;)

David Parker
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David Parker 09/10/13 - 10:09 am
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Tell me again why the City of

Tell me again why the City of Augusta doesn't want to install a classic 9 hole golf course in this most aesthetic area? Then tell me why they are so attached to the side of that hill over by the Daniel Field.

Point is, if you want to maintain a municipal course, don't be stupid. This is Augusta. Make something people haven't seen before. The course, as it is, looks like any other public course. Nothing to distinguish it from other cities' courses. Put it on the canal between the parkway and the river and see what happens. I know, you won't but had to say it.

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