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Impact of Project Jackson on North Augusta Greeneway

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For nearly 20 years, Duane Shiver has been saddling up to ride the North Augusta Greenway.

"I try to come here three times a week and do 20 miles," he said.

Shiver has explored other trails in the Southeast and said they can't compare.

"It's safe, it's off the road, you don't have to worry about traffic too much, it's a nice smooth ride," he said.  "It's not just for people who are here to get fit, it's a place to bring your family, a place that's safe."

But he is concerned about what Project Jackson could mean for North Augusta's crown jewel.

"I would hate to see something like that impact it in a bad way from Project Jackson," Shiver said.  "What I hope for the Greeneway is that it doesn't get congested, that it's a safe place to ride and bike and run and play with children, that you don't have to worry about cars up and down the road and stop every few minutes."

Ashley Bridges took those concerns to Mayor Lark Jones who has spearheaded Project Jackson; Jones admits there may be a few speed bumps.

"Can a hardcore biker speed by the river at 25 miles per hour when there's a game," Jones said, "by the way the speed limit is 15, but I would say not."

But Jones said that 95 percent of the Greenway will be as calm and tranquil as ever, and that he has made that clear to Greenstone properties who may be developing the project.

"It's an amenity to the city this community loves and those things are 'no-nos' as far as trying to make radical changes."

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