The latest addition to the Yadkin River Greenway moved closer to completion Thursday morning with installation of a new bridge over a small stream near the North Wilkesboro ABC Store and the town’s Memorial Park.

The bridge, about 80 feet long and 10 feet wide, was placed over the “Liquor Store Ditch" with a large crane.

It should be ready for public use by the end of the month, said North Wilkesboro Town Manager Wilson Hooper. Remaining work includes approaches on both ends of the bridge.

Like some other Yadkin River Greenway bridges, the decking is weather-resistant Ipe (ee-pay) boards. Ipe wood typically comes from Central and South America.

The new portion of the greenway, connecting existing sections that now end near Memorial Park on the south and the Yadkin River bridge between the Wilkesboros on the north, should be open in September.

The new $400,000 section is almost seven-tenths of a mile long and still needs to be paved.

It was funded with nearly $300,000 in grants and gifts, including $100,000 apiece from the N.C. Recreational Trails Program and the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Water Resources.

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