The N.C. Department of Transportation is accepting public input during a 30-day period from Monday, Jan. 27 until Friday, Feb. 28, on what the public would like to see in NCDOT’s 10-year transportation plan for 2023-2032. All comments must be received by 5 p.m. on Feb. 28.
Harmony Lanes, a 501c3 non-profit, is seeking community support for our vision to turn Boone into a first class bike and pedestrian friendly community. The Cross Boone Connector (XBC) is our proposal for a safe corridor from the end of the current Boone Greenway next to WalMart, to ASU’s main campus. The exact route is undefined until we see how pieces of this come together. Step one is we will ask for the NCDOT to commit to build a bike/ped/ADA bridge over NC 105 in the area of Faculty St. There is an open comment period for the public to submit proposals to the NCDOT until the end of February for the 2023-2032 planning cycle.
Our vision is to tie the ASU health campus area (Levine College of Health and Watauga Medical Center) to the main campus of ASU, providing a safe corridor for students and citizens to access the hundreds of businesses and services in this corridor. When the XBC is complete it will connect the entire Boone Valley, removing bike and ped traffic from Blowing Rock Rd./321 to safer back roads. You could ride your bike from ASU to shop, dine, visit health care professionals, visit the Watauga County Recreation Center, and access anything else on the Boone Greenway. This will also connect the Middle Fork Greenway to the Northern Peaks Trail when they are completed. The impact of this connectivity on Boone’s sustainability, economy, tourism, and the health of our citizens will be huge.
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Thank you for helping us make Boone a first-class bike and pedestrian friendly community!