October 9, 2019
Repaired section of the Dick and Willie Trail Reopens Friday

A section of the Dick and Willie Trail that’s been impassable for months will be open for business Friday.

When rain associated with Hurricane Florence came through Martinsville-Henry County last fall, some of the fallout was damage to a section to the Dick and Willie. A stretch between the Liberty Street trailhead and the Doyle Street trailhead, near the back of the Clock Tower property in Martinsville, buckled because of damage to a water conveyance pipe underneath.

But that section will officially be back in service Friday. Repairs totaled $289,300 and were mostly funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“We are excited to have this trail section repaired, and I know the community is too,” said County Administrator Tim Hall. “Some of our residents were already using the new section before we even finished the repairs. While we certainly don’t encourage that, we understand that the community and our visitors love the Dick and Willie Trail, and they are eager to get back on it.”

The repaired section will need an additional layer of sealing within the next two weeks, which will necessitate its brief closing. Henry County will release that information when it becomes available.

Section 6B of the Dick and Willie, the newest piece of the Trail stretching from Spruce Street to the Smith River Sports Complex, also is on target for an October debut. Details on that event will be released soon.