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Matthews to hold public hearing on bicycle, pedestrian plan

The town of Matthews is seeking input on a proposed amendment to its Composite Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan. The plan, adopted last year, identifies the paths and streets the town has earmarked for pedestrian and bicycle access. Proposed projects include the addition of neighborhood connections to greenways and the construction of bike and wide outside lanes.

However, the town says the current plan overlooks the addition of a multi-use path through the Thornblade neighborhood from the southeastern cul-de-sac of Wilrose Place to Weddington Road.

The Matthews Planning Department says adding the path would provide additional pedestrian and bicycle access after the North Carolina Department of Transportation builds a proposed interchange at Weddington Road and Interstate 485. The department says that if the Thornblade proposal is added to the plan, the state transportation department will consider it a “town-desired improvement” when they complete design work for the planned interchange.

A public hearing on the proposed revision to the plan will be held at Matthews Town Hall at 7 p.m. March 14. Any amendments to the current plan must be reviewed and adopted by the Matthews Board of Commissioners.

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