HIGH POINT — The city plans to close part of its greenway to accommodate construction on the High Point University campus this summer.

The section of the asphalt walking and biking path from N. Centennial Street to N. University Parkway will close beginning Monday, with reopening expected in mid-August.

City Parks and Recreation Director Lee Tillery said HPU is performing work on Panther Drive where the greenway crosses the road. As part of the construction, HPU will pay for re-routing this part of the greenway under Panther Drive, he said.

The City Council in 2017 approved an agreement with HPU for it to “adopt” the 2,200-foot section of the greenway that runs through its campus.

The city still owns and manages the trail, which remains accessible to the public. HPU is responsible for maintaining the trail and the land surrounding this part of the greenway, under the 2017 agreement.

There are no alternate greenway routes through this area.

Tillery said the city looked at a possible detour around the closure, but insufficient sidewalks and other obstacles make this unworkable.

The remainder of the greenway, which runs a total of 4.45 miles from Armstrong Park to the Piedmont Environmental Center, will remain open.

In addition, the Bicentennial Greenway, which runs from Penny Road to Gallimore Dairy Road, will remain open.

pkimbrough@hpenews.com | 336-888-3531

pkimbrough@hpenews.com | 336-888-3531