By Paul T. Choate
June 13, 2012. Over the last few years the Town of Boone has been trying to vastly add to the number of sidewalks in town. Some new sidewalks have already been added and plenty more are on the way.
This summer and fall, completion is scheduled for sidewalks on Boone Heights Drive, Deerfield Road, Rivers and Water streets.
“It is actually going a little better on Boone Heights than we expected,” said Public Works Director Blake Brown, “We’re right on line with what we’re looking at.”
Though the plan to increase the number of sidewalks has been around for many years, Brown said the town started working more aggressively on it in 2008. Then, in 2011, a new pedestrian plan was put in place.
There are a total of 55 sidewalk projects either in progress or scheduled for the coming years. 44 of those projects are on what Brown called the “priority list.”
“If you drive around this town much you know that we get in a gridlock sometimes,” said Brown. “We’ve gotten a lot of funding from Appalachian District Health, which is trying to promote walkability and good health, so we’re trying to promote that. But the main thing is actually making a grid to make it easier for people to get to different places. We understand that it’s a problem in some areas walking on the side of the road.”
According to Brown, Appalachian District Health provided funding for the engineering of an upcoming sidewalk project on Highway 194. All state roads must be engineered by the North Carolina Department of Transportation prior to installation of the sidewalk.
Most of the funding comes from the Town of Boone. At a Town Council meeting on April 17 members of the council voted unanimously to award the Department of Public Works $100,000 for four projects in currently in progress.
Developers can also pay into a pool for sidewalks to lead to their future properties. Brown said the Town of Boone does not want to have “sidewalks that lead to nowhere,” so the money paid into the pool for developers can be used for any project, but a sidewalk will be put in once the developer’s property is completed.
Brown said, on average, approximately $130,000 is spent annually on sidewalk installation.
“We try to use the money wisely and make sure it’s in the best location at this time,” said Clawson.
There is no specific completion date for the entire project, which will likely take years to complete.
“It’s an ongoing thing,” said Brown “This is something that will be updated periodically by the council and looked at.”
Despite only having three workers tasked with installing sidewalks, between one and two miles of new sidewalks are added each year.
“We’re working as fast as we can,” said Brown.
Public Works sidewalk projects
|1||State Farm Road Section 2||Shadowline Drive to Sunnyside Drive|
|2||State Farm Road Section 3||Sunnyside Drive to NC Hwy 105 Ext.|
|3||Poplar Grove Road||Water Street to Poplar Grove Road Extension|
|4||Perkinsville Drive/Grove Street||Highway 194 to Highway 421; include Grove St.|
|5||Highway 421 West||From current sidewalks to corporate limits|
|6||Hwy 105 Extension||Highway 321 to Highway 421|
|7||Highway 421 East||Highway 194 to Corporate Limits|
|8||Highway 105||Studio West to Highway 105 Bypass|
|9||Highway 105||Highland Avenue to Highway 105 Bypass|
|10||Meadowview Drive||Greenway Road to Blowing Rock Road|
|11||Quail Drive||NC Highway 105 Ext. to Dove Circle|
|12||Horn Avenue||Horn in the West Drive to Highway 105 Ext.|
|13||Queen Street||Water Street to North Depot Street|
|14||Longvue Drive||Highway 321 to Deerfield Road|
|15||Doctors Drive||Furman Road to Deerfield Road|
|16||Birch Street||Furman Road to Doctors Drive|
|17||Kimberly Drive||Furman Road to Birch Street|
|18||Clement Street||Oak Street to Highway 321|
|19||Pine Street||Oak Street to stairs above Hardin Street|
|20||Furman Road||Lonvue Drive to existing sidewalks|
|21||Horn in the West Drive||Highway 321 to Horn Avenue|
|22||Oak Street||Highway 421 to Horn in the West Drive|
|23||Highland Avenue||Highway 105 to Faculty Street|
|24||Meadowview Drive Section 2||Greenway Road to Pilgrims Way|
|25||Poplar Grove Road Section 2||NC Highway 105 to corporate limits|
|26||North Depot Street||Queen Street to North Street|
|27||Grand Boulevard||Highway 421 to Bear Trail|
|28||Cherry Drive||Highway 421 to Eastbrook Drive|
|29||Eastbrook Drive||Cherry Drive to Hunting Road|
|30||Hunting Road||Eastbrook Drive to Westbrook Drive|
|31||Westbrook Drive||Hunting Road to Cherry Drive|
|32||Brookshire Road||Highway 421 to corporate limits|
|33||Stadium Drive Section 1||Hemlock Drive to existing sidewalks|
|34||Poplar Hill Section 1||Highland Avenue to Dogwood Drive|
|35||Dogwood Road||Poplar Hill Drive to Stadium Drive|
|36||Stadium Drive Section 2||Dogwood Road to Hemlock Drive|
|37||Poplar Hill Section 2||Dogwood Road to Hemlock Drive|
|38||Farthing Street||Highway 421 to Brookside Drive|
|39||Brookside Drive||Farthing Street to Councill Oaks|
|40||Dove Circle||Quail Drive to Pheasant Ridge|
|41||Pheasant Ridge||Quail Drive to Woodpecker Lane|
|42||Tracy Circle||Councill Street to Edgewood Drive|
|43||Edgewood Drive||Tracy Circle to East Glendale Street|
|Special Project||Howard Street|
|Special Project||Highway 194||Highway 421 to New Market Boulevard|
|Special Project||Greenway Road Project Phase 1||Wilson Drive|
|Special Project||Greenway Road Project Phase II||Wilson Drive to Deck Hill Road|
|Special Project||Greenway Road Project Phase III||Deck Hill Road to Meadowview Drive|
|Special Project||Greenway Road Project Phase IV||Meadowview Drive to Pride Drive|
|In Progress||Boone Heights Drive||Blowing Rock Road to State Farm Road|
|In Progress||Deerfield Road||State Farm to Blairmont Road|
|In Progress||Water Street/River Street||Completion of Water Street Sidewalks and Water Street to Moretz Stret|
|Completed||Highway 105||Studio West property to High School Drive|
|Completed||State Farm Road||Boone Heights Drive to Shadowline Drive|
|Completed||Forest Hills||Highway 421 to Appalachian Drive|