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City starting Ecusta trailhead-downtown link

In preparation for the opening of the Ecusta Trail, the city of Hendersonville is starting on bicycle and pedestrian connection downtown.

Milling and repaving work will begin next week followed by new pavement striping, bike lane and signal installation, and sidewalk improvements occurring later in the year, the city announced Thursday.

The first step in the process will be milling and repaving West Allen Street from Main to Church, Caswell from King to Church, and South Main Street from Allen to South King. The milling and repaving are scheduled Monday and Tuesday. Main Street from Allen to Barnwell will also be closed on Friday to remove obstructions ahead of the paving and sidewalk improvements. (The paving schedule is subject to change based on weather conditions.)

Temporary pavement markings will be added to the streets until permanent markings are completed. Bike lanes will be striped on the west side of South Main giving Ecusta Trail and other cyclists a dedicated path to reach the Hendersonville Welcome Center and downtown Hendersonville. Additional improvements including pedestrian and bike signals, lane delineators, ADA concrete curb ramps, and sidewalk improvements will be ongoing and completed by public works this summer and fall. 

On a parallel track, the city is seeking grants to fund a link from South King Street to the Oklawaha Greenway via the so-called "Above the Mud" trail.