“We haven’t had any bad comments or reports,” Rome Public Services Manager Kirk Milam said Wednesday. “It hasn’t attracted a lot of traffic yet but it will, as people find out it’s a good way for exiting and entering the campus.”
The road runs from North Avenue to the parking lot at the rear of the complex. It was funded through a $2.9 million earmark in the 2006 special purpose, local option sales tax package.
Milam’s assessment was among the updates presented during the city’s public works committee meeting.
The bridge for the new Kingfisher Trail is tentatively expected on May 26, Public Works Director Jamie McCord said.
“It will be delivered on two trucks and it has 48 bolted connections,” he said. “They’ll bolt it together in one day, set it the next, and then lay the deck. It will be done by the end of the month if everything goes as planned.”
The $287,000 trail will parallel the Etowah River in South Rome from the Broad Street bridge to a new bridge connecting to the Silver Creek Trail.
It is funded through a combination of federal and state grants and $50,000 from the city’s general fund.
McCord also gave an overview of the department’s response to storms that tore up trees and power lines throughout the city on April 27.
Horseleg Creek Road was impassable in 14 separate places, he said, and firefighters were trapped along with residents.
“We focused there first,” McCord said. “Residents on the back side were working their way toward us with their saws. I don’t recommend that, but in hindsight I appreciate the help.”
City Manager John Bennett said plans are to equip each fire truck with a chainsaw. The city is accepting donations for the saws, which will cost at least $300 each.