EVTA adds signs, works on bridge

EVTA volunteer Johnny Hopkins removes the dirt displaced from the added sign.

The Elkin Valley Trails Association has been hard at work, creating an additional bridge, adding new signs and repairing old ones.

On Saturday, several volunteers with the EVTA joined forces to begin laying the decking boards along the 40-foot bridge that spans across the creek at Grassy Creek Winery in State Road. According to EVTA Governing Group member Joe Hicks, the bridge is an Eagle Scout project for Harrison Hall, who worked with the group to put in of the 40-foot bridge over the weekend.

In the recent past, the EVTA has built a 140-foot bridge, two 25-foot bridges, and put in lots of culverts from 8- to 85-feet long. The group plans to add additional bridges including an 18-foot bridge with an estimated completion by the end of summer near Grassy Creek.

A number of bridges will be added on the mountain bike course that is under construction and a 180-foot bridge that will be added through the late summer and fall. The goal of the group is to complete the trail from Elkin to Grassy Creek Vineyard by spring 2016.

Volunteers also have been busy maintaining and adding additional historical sign markers at the Elkin Municipal Park. On Wednesday, EVTA volunteer Johnny Hopkins worked alongside Hicks to dig holes, pour concrete and supervise the implementation of the sign posts that will line the walking trail on the south side of the park.

Hopkins, a retired dispatcher for the Winston-Salem Police Department, stated he enjoys his time working with the EVTA and joked about how his life has changed since retiring. “As a dispatcher, I told people where to go,” Hopkins explained in a jovial manner. “Now that I’m retired, my wife is always telling me where to go… the grocery store, pick up pizza…”

Future EVTA workdays are in the planning phase and will be announced as they are determined.

Karen Holbrook may be reached at 336-258-4059 or on Twitter @KarenHolbrook00.

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