Bergen Road tunnel work close to completion in North Augusta
Bergen Road now has a Greeneway tunnel running beneath it, and plans are for the installation project to be complete by the end of the month, restoring the regular flow of traffic for drivers, with Greeneway users waiting another couple of weeks.
The project, which was started Feb. 20, resulted in Bergen Road’s closure between Woodstone Way and Tuscany Trace and the Greeneway’s closure near the intersection. Safety is the prime concern, in terms of reducing the potential for accidents between the relatively low-speed Greeneway users and the faster traffic on Bergen Road.
Tom Zeaser, North Augusta’s director of engineering and public works, confirmed that Bergen Road was being repaved Tuesday afternoon, and plans are in place to put a guardrail up on both sides of the road where it passes over the tunnel.
“We are hopeful that that will be installed either Friday or Saturday of this week, and believe that once the guardrail’s installed ... we’ll be able to reopen the roadway to vehicles,” he added, naming the early or middle of next week as the desired time for getting the road back in service.
The Greeneway, he said, needs more work, and completion may occur at the end of April or beginning of May.
Friends of the Greeneway, an advocacy group composed of volunteers, describes the pathway as “a multi-purpose trail, currently 13 miles in length and initially developed as a ‘Rails-to-Trails’ project on an unused Norfolk Southern railroad right of way.”
It adds, “Its unique name stems from Mayor Thomas Greene, who served the City of North Augusta from 1985 to 1997 and was instrumental in the trail’s creation.”