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PUBLIC COMMENT ACCEPTED THIS WEEK ON PROPOSED BIKE LANES ON HIGHWAY 280

PUBLIC COMMENT ACCEPTED THIS WEEK ON PROPOSED BIKE LANES ON HIGHWAY 280 PUBLIC COMMENT ACCEPTED THIS WEEK ON PROPOSED BIKE LANES ON HIGHWAY 280

The walls were lined with plans inside the Mills River Town Hall Commons Room Tuesday afternoon as planners with the Alta Planning group laid out the possibilities for bike lanes down the five lane Highway 280 all the way from the Buncombe County line at ther south end of the Asheville Regional Airport runway to the Transylvania County line just east of Pisgah Forest.

The public input session Tuesday was the first of three.  The next one is from 10am to 2pm at the Mills River Community Center on Schoolhouse Road.  The last one this week will be from 9am to 12noon Thursday back in Mills River Town Hall.  And the public is invited to hear more on the proposed possibilities at Thursday's regular meeting of Mills River Town Council in the Town Hall at 7pm.

The study currently being done by Alta Planning is the frst step in the process...which, if all works out, could lead to construction of the 10-12 foot bike and pedestrian lanes on the existing right-of-ways.  A spokesman for Alta Planning says once all the public comment is collected, planners expect to have a proposal completed by early June...and that proposal will go to the French Broad Metropolitcan Planning Organization, all the local governments involved, and to NC DOT.

There is no estimate yet on how much the bike/pedestrian lanes will cost, but they will likely be paid for from a combination of both public and private sources.  The bike lanes are several years away at the earliest...but bikers who attended the first public input session this week were supportive of the proposed plans and optimistic that bike lanes may become a reality for the growing number of walkers, runners, and bikers in this region.





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