Work on Columbia County greenway could begin as soon as next year if voters approve it in November

As a November general obligation bond vote approaches, local leaders are looking at a variety of projects to improve quality of life. One of the most talked about projects is the potential expansion of Euchee Creek Greenway.
As a November general obligation bond vote approaches, local leaders are looking at a variety of projects to improve quality of life. One of the most talked about projects is the potential expansion of Euchee Creek Greenway.

EVANS, Ga. (WJBF)– Columbia County could soon be getting a little greener.  As a November general obligation bond vote approaches, local leaders are looking at a variety of projects to improve quality of life. One of the most talked about projects is the potential expansion of Euchee Creek Greenway.

Work on a a 28.5 mile greenway in Columbia County could begin as soon as next year– if that’s what voters want.

“Greenways are one of those things that I think now are really widely accepted and exciting for folks because they’ve seen other communities that have them,” said Columbia County planning director Andrew Strickland.

The greenway would build on the Euchee Creek Greenway in Grovetown, which is about a mile long. If the voters do choose to act on the Euchee Creek Greenway, Strickland says it would take engineers about six months to draw up the plans before construction could begin.

“So at least within a year, you would see something on the ground,” he said.

And you would continue to see crews working on the project for around a decade.

“I’m really optimistic..I want to say no more than ten years to get the entire thing…the entire 27 and a half miles done,” Strickland said.

That stretch wonuldn’t be cheap either.

“Twenty-sevean and a half miles of greenway costs just shy of $21 million, so it’s a pretty big ticket item,” he said. “But it’s one of those things that you eat one bite at a time.”

Despite the cost and long construction time, the Columbia County planning director says he thinks voters will decide a greenway is worth it.

“I am optimistic that the referendum will happen in November,” he said. “I think the projects we’ve got on the ballot are good projects for the count–this one especially.”

The list of projects that Columbia County voters can choose will be finalized in October.

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