2015 Project of Year Finalist: Kinston Riverwalk Greenway
Owner: City of Kinston, NCDOT Division
Engineer: Stewart Engineering
NCDOT Bicycle/Pedestrian Unit, NCDOT Division 2, and the City of Kinston are partnering to develop a three‐mile long greenway along the Neuse River that will connect several regional destinations, parks, and trails to the city’s thriving downtown core. As part of the Riverwalk project, project engineers and planners saw an opportunity to convert underused street space on Atlantic Avenue to create NC’s first cycle track, or two‐way protected bike lane, allowing bicyclists to safely travel in both directions, side‐ by‐side, on an existing street. The cycle track separates cyclists from the one‐way traffic by 2‐foot wide buffer with white paint and vertical flexible delineators. Pedestrians use a widened sidewalk along the street. From Atlantic Avenue to the west pedestrians and cyclists are reunited onto a traditional greenway section. The first phase of this Riverwalk will be completed by the end of 2015 and the entire project by 2018.
“The Riverwalk could be a catalyst for healthy living, quality of life and connecting commerce in Kinston and Lenoir County. It would give us the opportunity to accentuate the river, our communities, natural assets we already have and increase tourism dollars.” – Kinston Mayor B.J. Murphy