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City to share cost of Upward Road sidewalk

The city of Hendersonville agreed to share the cost of a sidewalk serving bus riders going to the Children and Family Resource Center and the Free Clinics.

The City Council on Thursday endorsed the staff recommendation to pick up 30 percent of the cost of the sidewalk, or $6,000. The state DOT has agreed to pay the rest. A sidewalk along Upward Road to Case Street is needed, a City Council resolution said, because hundreds of clients use Apple Country buses. They're crossing Spartanburg Highway to  reach Upward Road, which is "treacherous with no sidewalks and no separation between motor vehicles and pedestrians."
"Currently clients are being dropped off at Ingles on Highland Lake Road/Highway 176 and are crossing several lanes of traffic twice to get to medical care and many of these pedestrians with young children trying to navigate the same path," the resolution said. The Free Clinics said it issues 800 to 1,400 bus vouchers for people using its services; there were no specific figures on bus ridership by Children and Family Resource Center clients.