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.