HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — Planning for the Northend Greenway project may have started in 2012, but now construction on the shared use path has finally begun.
Total completion of the Path is still slated for the end of Spring 2019.
Harrisonburg Public Works received work permits in December to begin clearing the area of where the first phase of the project will go.
The path will be two and a half miles long, beginning at Mount Clinton Pike. It is slated to be completed just before June for bike riders to enjoy this summer, but cold weather has limited construction so far.
"With the cold temperatures and when it rains or snows. it delays construction," said Tom Hartman, director of Harrisonburg Public Works. "This isn't something we haven't planned for, so we knew going in December we were going to get as much as we can done."
So far crews have been able to put down erosion and sediment control measures and clear trees out of the area.
On Monday, Jan. 28, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Subcommittee will meet at City Hall at 6 p.m. to discuss further updates, like the process of the Phase Two section.
"Phase Two isn't a city construction project," Hartman said, "we're working with the New Community Project to construct a 10 foot wide cinder trail with volunteers."
Public Works said after the entire project is done they will go back and repave the cinder part of the trail.
The project's goal is to give those living in northern Harrisonburg a safe way to travel throughout the city.