Walkers and runners soon will have an easier time getting around downtown Mint Hill, thanks to new sidewalk projects underway.Phase one will cost about $204,000 for 5,000 linear feet of sidewalk that will be installed in two key areas. One section starts at the Wendy’s restaurant on Matthews-Mint Hill Road and runs northeast, filling gaps along the way, until it joins the existing sidewalk at the corner of Wilgrove-Mint Hill Road and N.C. 51. Once that section is complete, there will be sidewalk access from both parks to the middle of town. The other stretch of phase one runs from the last entrance of Danbrook Park to the Lawyers Road-Wilson Grove Road intersection. Mint Hill commissioners say this stretch is especially important for the safety of students walking to Independence High School. Phase two is budgeted at $232,000 and will provide another 4,000 feet of sidewalk. One stretch will go from Lawyers Glen to Apple Creek Drive, and the other from Carving Tree Drive to Quail Ridge Drive. Mint Hill Town Manager Brian Welch says residents may notice that the sidewalks don’t necessarily follow a straight line, but that’s by design. “We want folks to be happy that the sidewalks are in front of their houses or businesses and not feel as if they were imposed upon them,” Welch said. “It’s more about getting the sidewalk in than about following a specific path.“We try to work within the environment, so we go around mailboxes, trees and whatever else we can.” Creative NatureScapes, a local landscaping company, is handling both projects. The work is expected to be complete before the end of the year.
Friday, Aug. 09, 2013
Mint Hill’s new sidewalks increase safety
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