Wiley Drive at the heart of Roanoke's busiest and most popular greenway stretch will close again, this time for nearly six weeks at the end of the winter season.
The frequently-closed stretch has often brought complaints, but bridge work, flood reduction and and maintenance have disrupted the habits of Roanoke's walkers, bikers, hikers and baby-stroller pushers on a number of occasions.
Here is the press release from the City of Roanoke:
The City of Roanoke will be performing bridge maintenance on the Wiley Drive downstream low-water bridge that will require closing the structure to all vehicles, bikers and pedestrians from Monday, Feb. 14, through Thursday, March 31.
Wiley Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic along the one-way section between the upstream low-water bridge near the Wasena Park gates and the River's Edge Sports Complex near Franklin Road. Bikers and pedestrians will be able to access Smith Park from Wasena Park. However, bikers and pedestrians will not be able to access Smith Park from River's Edge Sports Complex due to construction activities on this bridge.
The city's Transportation Division will post message boards indicating this upcoming closure approximately two weeks in advance. To comment, call project manager Jay Witt at 540-853-2734.
(Roanoke News photo.)