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Johnston County Announces Feasibility Study for East Coast Greenway Route Connecting Smithfield to Benson


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For Immediate Release:  October 11, 2023

Smithfield, NC- The proposed Smithfield to Benson East Coast Greenway is a 15–17 mile corridor in Johnston County connecting the existing greenway in Smithfield to Benson. The corridor primarily follows US-301 beginning along the Neuse River in Downtown Smithfield at the terminus of the Buffalo Creek Greenway to the Johnston County line, outside of Benson town limits. The Smithfield to Benson East Coast Greenway is a critical missing link in the County's greenway network and is the proposed corridor for gap segments of the East Coast Greenway and Mountains-to-Sea Trail.

The Smithfield to Benson East Coast Greenway Feasibility Study will evaluate potential route scenarios along roadways and off-road corridors to determine the preferred route. The study will also develop cost estimates and an implementation plan to construct the greenway.

Johnston County and partners are soliciting community input on the Smithfield to Benson East Coast Greenway Feasibility Study. Community members can provide feedback by taking an online survey that will be available to the public through Friday, November 10, 2023.

This project is led by Johnston County, in collaboration with other partners including: Town of Smithfield, Town of Benson, NCDOT, NC State Parks, and the ECG Alliance. For more information visit  today.


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