Photos by Chris Burritt/NWO | Grading for a sidewalk that will connect a pedestrian tunnel underneath U.S. 220 (below) to Summerfield Road recently got underway; the sidewalk should be completed by late September or early October.
SUMMERFIELD - Workers are wrapping up grading this week for a new sidewalk along U.S. 220 in Summerfield. Town Manager Scott Whitaker said the project may be completed by late September. When finished, the sidewalk will run from the pedestrian tunnel under U.S. 220 (photo, far right), where the Atlantic and Yadkin Greenway that begins in Greensboro now dead ends, to Summerfield Road.
When the sidewalk is built and the tunnel is opened, it will get A&Y cyclists and pedestrians safely from the tunnel to a trailhead north of Summerfield Elementary School on Summerfield Road. That has been a goal of trail proponents since NCDOT constructed the tunnel underneath U.S. 220 several years ago.
The sidewalk will become the route of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, which passes through Summerfield and Oak Ridge in its trek from Clingmans Dome in the North Carolina mountains to Jockey's Ridge in the Outer Banks.
Summerfield Town Council voted June 11 to award the sidewalk construction project to Bar Construction Co. for $128,000; the town will pay $50,000 of the sidewalk cost from a state grant it was awarded last year for downtown development.