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Fordham Boulevard Sidepath Project

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 PROJECT OVERVIEW

The Town plans on building a network of multi-modal sidepaths (pedestrian and bicycle use) along both side of Fordham Boulevard. Much of the system is already in place through development requirements within the Blue Hill District. This project would provide one segment of that overall network.

An asphalt multi-modal path currently connects Cleland Drive and Ridgefield Drive along the east side of Fordham Boulevard. This project would improve the existing path and extend pedestrian and bicycle facilities to Willow Drive. The path would be built to national standards for a multi-modal path.  

 

Transportation and Connectivity Advisory Board (TCAB) Recommendations
On December 17, 2019 the TCAB considered four options for extending pedestrian and bicycle transportation facilities from Ridgefield Drive to Willow Drive. The TCAB agreed to postpone voting on their recommendation and requested additional information from staff including information related to the existing buffer, noise and clearing limits. 

On January 29, 2020, the TCAB voted 6-1 to recommend that the Council authorize the staff to proceed with the project within the NCDOT right-of-way with the following conditions:

a) That staff and consultant design the path to maximize preservation of the existing vegetative buffer.

b) That staff and consultant optimize noise abatement treatments.

c) That staff and consultant design path, particularly the road crossings, to maximize safety for all users.

TCAB Recommendation

Staff Responses to Questions Raised at the December 2019 TCAB Meeting

Noise Monitoring Memorandum

Clearing Limits Alternate 1

Clearing Limits Alternate 2

 

Draft Options for Trail Development. Note that the proposed reconstruction of the existing section from Cleland Drive to Ridgefield Road are the same in all four options.

Cleland Drive to Ridgefield Road (the same for all options)

Option 1 - Path along Fordham Blvd. Path crosses neighborhood streets further from Fordham Blvd.

Option 2 - Path along Fordham Blvd. Path crosses neighborhood streets closer to Fordham Blvd.

Option 3 - No path except short section on  Road. Pedestrians and bicyclists use the existing street network. (No sidewalks)

Option 4 - No path except short section on Rogerson Road. Bicyclists use the existing street network. Pedestrians use a new sidewalk. No parking on one side of the street.

PROJECT UPDATES

Public meetings were held on: August 22, 2018, January 4, 2019, and September 18, 2019. Information related to the meetings and other communications can be found below.

 

Letter Concerning August 22, 2018 Public Meeting

Minutes from the August 22, 2018 Public Meeting

Town Staff Response to Questions and Comments Received at the August 22, 2018 Public Meeting

Communication from Little Ridgefield Neighborhood Requesting that the Project not Move Forward (September 2018)

Staff Response to Little Ridgefield Neighborhood Communication (November 2018)

Follow Up Communication from Little Ridgefield Neighborhood to Mayor Following Town's November Response

Staff Response to Issues Raised at the January 4, 2019 Public Meeting

September 18, 2019 Public Meeting Summary

September 18, 2019 Public Meeting Comments

 

Technical Plans and Documents

Report on Status of the Existing Portion of the Sidepath

30% Plans (September 2018)  (early version of Option 1 only)

 

Linkage to Comprehensive Plan

Mobility and Connectivity Plan

 

 Contact Information

Marcia Purvis, Senior Planner

(919) 968-2750

 

 

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