Trail repairs add costs, closure time

A short segment of Newton’s Heritage Trail Greenway recently reopened after crews spent nearly six months on a culvert replacement project along the three-quarter-mile stretch.

Public works officials say crews replaced about four culverts along Phase II of the greenway that the state identified as not meeting standards during an inspection last year.

Phase II, which runs from Carillon Assisted Living Center to N.C. 10 West, is partly paid for with state funds and, subsequently, must meet specific N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) requirements.

Officials are awaiting the state’s final approval before completing trail paving, said Newton Public Works Director Wilce Martin.

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