WHAT'S HAPPENING IN HENDERSONVILLE
On December 13, 2016, Mayor Clary invited Bruce Day and Tom Evans to meet with him and Fred Rogers to discuss Bike/Ped activities in Hendersonville. Below are the highlights of that meeti.
Sanders Ferry Greenway
Fred said there had been some changes to the RFQ and the City is sending it out again. He felt the water crossings discouraged bids on the previous release, but he felt the City now felt they had a good chance to receive bids.
Saundersville CMAQ City [Jan 2017 - H'ville Did Not Receive Grant]
The City plans to wait and see if they receive Grant approval before considering any changes. Both Fred and Jamie said they read our review and watched the video. Bruce and I offered the assistance of our Committee to recommend alternative routes. No comment from City.
New Stratton Downs Development
Fred showed plats for a proposed new development along Stop 30. I have uploaded copies to our Google Drive -
Fred felt the section nearest 386 had a reasonable chance for approval, but the more northern section did not. We were particularly interested in the opportunity for a Bike Route through this development to Wynncrest as we previously suggested on page 10 & 11 of our February 2016 Report to the City.
Fred mentioned that a section of Drakes Creek Road was to be removed (between southern entrance and pumping station). We discussed the possibility of a bike/ped trail to replace this section. Bruce asked about a connector from Durham farms to Saundersville Road (once in the old planning for this area). Fred said that was not in the plan.
We asked about the lack of connecting to Spearpoint and Cross Bows thereby increasing already heavy traffic on Drakes Creek Road. Fred said the residents in the neighborhood were against having school traffic on those roads, but felt eventually the gate across Spearpoint would be removed.
An obvious alternative (which we did not ask) is
“Why not open these roads to Bike/Ped traffic?”
Drakes Creek Greenway
We reviewed with Jamie alternatives to run a greenway trail along Drake Creek from behind Sam’s and the new long term motel. The City was promoting a trail along the west side in the Davidson Academy property. We told him that running it along the east side and including Brian’s recommendation for a greenway connector to northern point of the Streets of Indian would be much better. We had explained our reasoning per page 17 of our February 2016 Report to the City.
Jamie mentioned that the Durham Farm development was going to pay to raise Stop 30 bridge by 6 feet.
We discussed what follow-up our Committee should do. Bruce would like to walk the Stratton Downs area to understand better the options for Bike/Ped. He said he preferred to walk it when it’s cold with no snakes. I would also want to walk the CSX 386 underpass for the CMAQ grant as suggested by Brian. Jamie also expressed an interest to join us on some of these walks.
Tom has received feedback from the MPO about the City’s CMAQ, but nothing from TDOT. He thinks the political environment (gas tax debate) may cause TDOT to “drag their feet” on this one.