The St. George’s Hundred and the Jamestown Hundred neighborhoods will soon be connected via a paved pedestrian and cycling path.
The James City County Board of Supervisors granted St. George’s Hundred permission to pave its part of the route during its meeting Tuesday in a unanimous vote.
There is currently a paved path at the intersection of St. Erics Turn and Reades Way in Jamestown Hundred but it does not continue through to St. George’s Hundred. Rather, the paved portion ends when it enters St. George’s Hundred, where the walkway becomes a dirt trail before reaching Sabre Drive.
Bob Harman, president of the St. George’s Hundred Association, said the neighborhood started talking about paving the path a year ago. Residents regularly use the path to travel between the two neighborhoods, walk or bike to Jamestown High School and connect to the Virginia Capital Trail, but many had reported cycling accidents, Harman said.
He added the path tended to get too wet when it rains or snows.
“It gets muddy, so we thought it would be wonderful to extend it,” Harman said.
The St. George’s Hundred Association applied for and received a $500 Good Neighbor Environment Matching grant for the project, but because James City County owns the right of way, the association needed the board’s permission to build its 75 feet of the path.
Harman said the contractor will lay the path in the coming months when the weather is warmer. St. George’s Hundred and Jamestown Hundred will maintain their respective sides of the path.