Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Highway 98 Trail Construction To Start Soon?

Fairhope, Alabama

Multi-use, Hwy 98 trail to be on far side


To run behind Woodland's sign
Barring last-minute complications, construction of a 8' wide, multi-use, asphalt trail approved by the city council two years ago will finally begin this June, according to the Eastern Shore MPO's coordinator Sarah Hart at this morning's Policy Board work session.

A federal Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) grant for $400K was approved in 2014, but the project was delayed because of unforeseen technical issues that developed.

(A previous grant application in 2013 was not approved)

The city will provide 20 percent matching funding.

One holdup, a waiver permitting connecting to the existing concrete sidewalk in front of the Publix grocery, was worked out last year; but another with the Woodland's neighborhood owner's association to permit use of their property behind their entrance sign was about to be finalized only last week, according to the mayor.

Some Woodland's residents had security concerns at one time as well.

The 2 mile trail will run south on the east side of Hwy 98 from Rock Creek Parkway to Hwy 104 -- and then west along the south side of Hwy 104 to Section Street, where it will connect with the existing Eastern Shore Trail at the Flowerclock junction.
A 150 foot boardwalk and pedestrian bridge will span Fly Creek.

The city is doing some drainage and grading work now along 104 in preparation.


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