Section of Fall Line Trace temporarily closed until June

mowen@ledger-enquirer.comMay 19, 2014 

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The city is temporarily closing a short section of the Fall Line Trace walking/biking trail where it intersects with Miller Road, the city has announced.

The closure started Monday and is expected to last until the second week in June. The project is intended to realign the way the trail crosses Miller for safety reasons, Newman said.

“It crosses at an angle now and people aren’t slowing down or stopping for the roadway,” Newman said. “So we are realigning it to all but force them to slow down and stop. That gives the driver time to react and forces them to slow down and look.”

The city hasn’t documented any instances of bicyclists or pedestrians being struck by traffic there, but they have had complaints from drivers about cyclists just blowing through the intersection, Newman said.

At times during the project, the trail may be completely closed to traffic, but at times parts of it might be open, Newman said.

“It just depends on what’s going on as far as the construction work is concerned,” she said.

The city did a similar project where the trail crosses Slade Drive a couple of years ago when cyclists were not stopping before crossing Slade.

The Miller Road project will cost about $46,000 Newman said.

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