Partnership Creates Bicycle and Pedestrian Access Along New Bern’s Busiest Streets

City of New Bern, NCUpdate: ,

Due to expected rain in the forecast, we have rescheduled the Multi-Use Path/Sidewalk ceremony at HJ MacDonald Middle School for Tuesday, May 22, at 9 a.m.  The event will be held on the lawn of the middle school.

The City and its grant partners will celebrate the completion of two projects that enhance bicycle and pedestrian access along two of New Bern’s busiest corridors.  The event will be held at H.J. MacDonald Middle School located at 3127 Elizabeth Avenue.

Thanks to two grants provided by the NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the City has completed a multi-use path along the Glenburnie Road corridor and installed new sidewalks along Neuse Boulevard.  Both projects provide greater access and improved bicycle and pedestrian safety with several connections to surrounding communities and businesses.  The grants were awarded in 2014 and provided the City with up to $1,040,000 in construction cost reimbursement.

The Glenburnie Road corridor project provides a 10’ wide multi-use path on the east and west sides of the road, stretching from Elizabeth Avenue to Neuse Boulevard.  Construction included the installation of crosswalk signaling at Elizabeth Avenue and Glenburnie Road.

Along Neuse Boulevard, phase two of a sidewalk improvement project makes it easier to get to the hospital, medical offices, and restaurants and businesses. Sidewalks were installed on the north side of this busy corridor from Hospital Drive to Glenburnie Road.

Construction for both of the projects began in early 2016. All grading and concrete work was completed in March of 2017 and pedestrian signals were added to several key intersections in March of 2018. With the completion of these two projects, New Bern now has a 5.75 mile contiguous pedestrian access that runs from the western end of Elizabeth Avenue to Union Point Park.

Wednesday’s celebration will include comments by Diane Hampton, NCDOT Division Corridor Engineer, City and school officials, and participation by H.J. MacDonald Middle School students who will celebrate by walking to the Glenburnie Road intersection and using the new crosswalk signaling to cross the street.  The ceremony will last approximately 30 minutes.

Submitted by: Colleen Roberts, Public Information Officer, City of New Bern

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