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Downtown Trail Would Link Innovation Quarter to Winston-Salem Recreational Sites

A long-planned rail trail in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter could be built next year, providing a potential biking and walking link between downtown Winston-Salem and recreational sites like Salem Lake.

Transportation planners are working to whittle costs out of the project after a bidding process this spring came in over budget, and now planners hope to put two phases of the work out to bid at the same time in October.

“We are going back and retooling the design in order to cut some things out and get the price under control,” said Greg Turner, the Winston-Salem assistant city manager.

The project is being built in two phases, though one contractor could end up with both projects and potentially bring them in at a lower cost, officials said.

The first phase of the trail will link Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on the northern end of the Innovation Quarter by following the rail line through the research park. It will connect to Third Street at a side street called Fogle Street.

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(reposted from the Winston-Salem Journal)