The southern expansion of the Huckleberry Trail includes the construction of the Renva W. Knowles Bridge and the extension of the trail to the Christiansburg High School. The timetable for construction and completion is anticipated as follows:
Renva W. Knowles Bridge:
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is currently working on widening Route 114 adjacent to the New River Valley Mall and with this project comes an exciting development for the Huckleberry Trail. Included in the project is the Renva W. Knowles Bridge, a thrust arch design that will span 112’ across 4-lanes of traffic. The project also incorporates the approaches to the bridge that will be accessible for all trail users. This bridge is the first link in extending the trail to the Christiansburg Recreation Center and Christiansburg High School. Bridge construction is scheduled to start in Spring 2013 with a planned full opening by September 2014.
Huckleberry Trail Christiansburg Extension:
The Town of Christiansburg is currently working to extend the Huckleberry Trail to the Christiansburg Recreation Center and to Christiansburg High School. The extension will have two spurs and total a little over 2.5 miles.
The connection to the High School will allow trail users to access the existing sidewalk at Independence Boulevard which will provide a pedestrian link to the Christiansburg Aquatic Center and Downtown Christiansburg.
Construction will begin in Spring 2013 on the first section of trail, south of the proposed Renva W. Knowles bridge. Incorporated in this extension will be an at grade rail crossing that has been approved by Norfolk Southern and is also scheduled for construction in Spring 2013. The Town of Christiansburg took it upon themselves to get things started last year by constructing a section of trail at the Christiansburg Recreation Center and extending it to Forelmont Street. The Town anticipates that all construction of the Christiansburg Extension will be complete by Summer 2014.