CAPE CARTERET — Cape Carteret held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for a long new section of the Cape Carteret Trail and will hold another soon, as a separate short segment was due to be completed by Friday.
The section open Wednesday is along Hwy 24 just east of White Oak Elementary School and connects to an existing segment along Taylor Notion Road.
The last segment is also along Highway 24, past the new, as yet unopened Starbucks, which is on an outside lot of the Carteret Crossing Mall.
That segment was about 50% complete at the end of the day Thursday, and City Manager Zach Steffey said he expects completion — along with brief traffic disruptions on Golfin’ Dolphin Drive — by Friday.
This segment links to an existing trail in front of Walgreens.
“We look forward to holding another ribbon-cutting ceremony soon,” said Mr. Steffey.
As with the section that opened Wednesday, work on the segment in front of Starbucks was done by Able Paving and Seal Coating of Jacksonville.
The city is seeking bids for another segment of trail, which will run along Taylor Notion Road from the Western Carteret Public Library to the entrance to the Ardan Oaks Subdivision.
Ultimately, the trail is meant to be a 3.1 mile continuous triangle along Highway 24, Taylor Notion Road, and Highway 58.
Cape Carteret Commissioners approved the trail project in 2015 with an initial goal of completion by 2018. The idea for the bike and footpath came from then-town attorney Mike Curtis and the Gateway Alliance for Western Carteret, a business promotion group.
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