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Prioritize the existing 2006 greenway plan

Huntsville and the surrounding area has a great greenway master plan. (http://www.huntsvilleal.gov/gis/greenways_new/pdfs/GreenwaysPlan2006.pdf) We need to prioritize extending this system, especially the routes that can be used for alternate transportation in higher density areas, around schools and connecting to neighborhood retail. Extending the greenway out in Hampton Cove has been the focus, and while that's a fine recreational asset for the area, it doesn't serve the broader community or help with more than just recreational uses.

Submitted by ncastle 1 year ago

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  1. Pinned Moderator

    Unfortunately it does take a good bit of time to design and build the greenways. However, we are making progress and in the last seven years several projects have been completed. 2 and 1/2 miles along Little Cove Road, 1 and 1/4 miles along Aldridge Creek, about a mile along Indian Creek and a couple of miles along the Flint River. Construction has slowed however, since the federal highway bill eliminated enhancement grant funding. The new bill includes a provision for a much reduced grant funding amount.

    1 year ago
  2. Pinned Moderator

    I understand your point and agree that greenways and walkable/bikeable solutions for our community are important for a multitude of reasons. I also agree that the Indian Creek connection is a priority. I have the most questions about this link, or lack thereof, on a very regular basis. To address that specific issue, it should be noted that until the U.S. Hwy 72 West bridge is rebuilt and elevated, the connection would have to include an at grade crossing of the roadway. Since this would create a rather hazardous situation, this connection of the greenway has been deferred. Many times there are conditions that cause the delay of particular connections, such as this. It certainly doesn't mean they are not a priority, only that other factors must be considered.

    1 year ago
  3. Wow, I have never seen that map of proposed greenways. We would have a top class system if we could get those all built! Would be nice to have greenway run along the Tn river on the arsenal to complete a loop.

    1 year ago
  4. Although that proposal is nice, it is 7 years old, and not much has been funded or built since then. We really need to fund more of these bikeways. Did you know that there is no bike greenways that will allow me to ride my bike to the airport from Downtown in that proposal.

    1 year ago
  5. ncastle Idea Submitter

    Ms. Boswick, that's why I submitted the suggestion to start *prioritizing* it. There is overwhelming support for greenways and walkable/bikeable (wheelchair-able!) solutions on this site. While we need roads and other assets, too, we had $1.5 million to make the sidewalks downtown prettier but no more functional. (I do like the new downtown sidewalks; it's just an easy example.) Meanwhile, greenways like Indian Creek don't go anywhere for lack of less than a mile of connection, when they could be connecting neighborhoods like Creekwood to the retail and restaurants in Providence, and the Providence area to Research Park as well.

    1 year ago
  6. ncastle Idea Submitter

    Thank you, Ms. Bostick. That explanation makes a lot of sense, but it's also depressing at how long it'll be before we are likely see improvement on the west side of town. We don't have sidewalks -- not even ugly ones!

    1 year ago
  7. How about combining the solar panel roll outs with greenways as a way of speeding things up? I have been drooling over than proposed map of greenways for years. Only place I have seen something approaching that in the US is Boulder Co.

    1 year ago
  8. The railroad track along side Memorial Parkway looks like it's ready for retirement. At least I hope it is. In any case, the grand plan of 2006 should be revised to include capturing this rail bed after it's retirement. It will make a grand N/S corridor for biking. Please don't fail to include this resource in your long range planning. The conversion to a bike path should be very cost effective too.

    1 year ago