Goose Creek trail to expand

GOOSE CREEK -- The city is taking another step toward making the entire community accessible to bicycles.

The city got some federal money to complete the hiker/biker trail along Plantation North Boulevard to St. James Avenue.

The project will connect 557 homes in five subdivisions with the city's commercial district, according to Goose Creek Public Information Officer Jesica Johnson. St. James Avenue is the city's main street. Plantation North Boulevard intersects it near the Super Walmart.

The Charleston Area Transportation Study approved $71,318 in Transportation Enhancement funds for the project, and the city will kick in $17,900, Johnson said.

The city hopes to start the project next year after getting approval from the state Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, she said.

The paved trail will run 950 feet between Two Hitch Road and Indigo Way. It will connect the Oak Creek subdivision at the rear of the boulevard with the existing bike trail that now ends at Indigo Place. The trail will be 10 feet wide along the south side of Plantation North Boulevard.

The project also includes a sidewalk and stamped asphalt crosswalks at the entrance to Indigo Place.

The city has been expanding its hiker/biker system since 1994. More than seven miles have been completed with $1.3 million in federal funds.

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.