WINSTON-SALEM -- Construction is underway on a new greenway trail on the east-side of downtown Winston-Salem.

Roughly a mile of the pedestrian and bike-friendly path is financed by the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. The first phase focuses on the north side of East Third Street to Research Parkway then continues southward to Rams Drive and East Salem Avenue.

Plans also show a pedestrian plaza as well as a trail entrance on Fogle Street, which is near the intersection of Patterson Avenue and Third Street.          

"Where you can stop, rest on a bench, store your bike, enter on to the trail as well as widening some of the existing sidewalk,” said James Patterson with the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.

The city is also leading a roughly $5 million project to connect the greenway from East Third Street to Martin Luther King Junior Blvd. Construction on that half mile portion is expected to begin later this summer.