Salem leaders plan to extend Roanoke River Greenway

SALEM, Va. (WDBJ7)

Update:

The Salem City Council voted Monday night to allocate $300,000 to extend the Roanoke River Greenway in Salem from Cook Drive and extend to Salem City limits.

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The Salem City Council will vote Monday to allocate money to extend the Roanoke River Greenway in Salem.

The trail will run along the back edge of the properties along Cook Drive near the Roanoke River.

Director of Finance Rosemarie Jordan submitted the request for the council to appropriate $300,000 to build the Cook Drive section of the Roanoke River Greenway.

According to City Planner Benjamin Tripp, when officials completed the Greenway plan update, the Roanoke River Greenway remained the public's number one priority.

"People really want to see that completed, this will move that goal forward," Tripp said.

The trail will run along the back edge of properties along Cook Drive near the Roanoke River and extend to the Salem City limits, connecting to the City of Roanoke's greenway system.

Tripp says the planned extension means more of the Roanoke River Greenway in Salem.

"This will appropriate the money to will extend the greenway from Roanoke City further into Salem toward Rotary park," he said.

"It will lengthen the section that comes out of Roanoke City, more of the Roanoke River Greenway for everyone to enjoy."

The vote will happen Monday and the measure is expected to pass.
According to Tripp, the project should take a year to complete.