Roswell advances Riverwalk’s final phase

The Roswell City Council has given the go-ahead to sign a $1.96 million transportation enhancement agreement to construct the fifth and final phase of the Riverwalk west from the Chattahoochee Nature Center to the Cobb County line.

Federal grant funds through the Georgia Department of Transportation will pay 80 percent of the cost to extend the Chattahoochee River trail to Willeo Park and a connection to Cobb’s trail network.

Roswell will provide the 20 percent local match, or $490,000, and will be responsible for any costs above the $2.45 million grant and match, staff said in a report to the council. The estimated total construction cost is $3.9 million.

The Riverwalk project dates to 2000, when Roswell residents approved a bond referendum that included funds to construct a seven-mile greenway along the Chattahoochee with parks, trails and other recreational and educational facilities. Phase IV of the Riverwalk, from Azalea Drive to the Nature Center, opened in December.