Two new bike and pedestrian paths are coming to Chapel Hill after the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization board approved $1.43 million in March for their construction.
The Morgan Creek Greenway project will extend the existing bike trail to the Carrboro boundary near Smith Level Road, while the Fordham Boulevard Sidepath project will create a multi-use path alongside Fordham Boulevard between Cleland Drive and Willow Drive.
About the projects
Both projects will be partially funded by the Federal Highway Administration, Chapel Hill Project Manager Marcia Purvis said.
The Town received $160,000 from the MPO for the Fordham Boulevard Sidepath, in addition to the $1.2 million already provided by the Town and the FHA, according to the Town of Chapel Hill's website.
The Town will also put $1.1 million toward the Morgan Creek Greenway, and the FHA provided $1.27 million.
Purvis said the MPO considered several applications for bike and pedestrian paths from communities in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Durham before deciding on Morgan Creek and Fordham Boulevard.
The selection process tested each application based on factors including connectivity, population density and safety. Purvis said the two projects scored high in these areas.
While the Town is still acquiring permits for the Morgan Creek Greenway, construction on the Fordham Sidepath is expected to begin in the fall of this year. Purvis said securing the permits for construction is a lengthy process and can often be unpredictable.