A new appropriation by the General Assembly adds $7.5 million to cover construction of the Ecusta Trail, state Sen. Chuck Edwards and Rep. Tim Moffitt announced Monday in a news release.
The two legislators said they had secured further funding for Western North Carolina, adding millions to the original $292.2 million appropriated in the 2021-22 state budget.
The $7.5 million for the buildout of the Hendersonville-to-Brevard greenway is in addition to the $600,000 designated in the budget earlier.
In a related move, the Board of Commissioners on Wednesday will take up a request from staff to apply for a federal Surface Transportation Block Grant for trail construction. The county received $5 million from that U.S. Transportation Department source in 2020.
“Staff is researching multiple grants that the Rail Trail may qualify for and requests that the Board direct staff to explore these options,” a memo to the board said. “These grant options require a 20 percent match from the local government. No matching funds are required until the project is implemented and only as the work is completed.”. . .