MDN: Greenline Extension Has Formal Opening Thursday
The 4.15-mile eastward extension of the Shelby Farms Greenline is already being used even before the work pushes across Germantown Parkway to the old Cordova train depot.
County government and Shelby Farms Park Conservancy leaders cut the ribbon on the extension Thursday, June 16, at Mullins Station and Farm roads.
That’s where construction began last August at what was then the eastern terminus of the pedestrian and bicycle trail.
The extension is more than a trail on what was once the CSX Railroad right of way. It comes with two new Eco Counters to join a network of seven other solar-powered devices that count those who use the Greenline, as well as the park, and record whether they are on foot, bicycle or motorized vehicle.
In the process, Appling Road will become a three-way stop.
The Germantown Parkway crossing, designed by Tetra Tech Inc., is to have two separate, staggered traffic lights to get Greenline traffic across the busy parkway and to a reinforced barrier in the parkway median.
The extension is a $4.3 million project. Of that, $1 million came from private donors and $3.3 million is state and federal government funding, including a federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant used specifically for the Germantown Parkway crossing.