Hendersonville Lightning: MPO rolls out plan for 150-mile Hellbender Trail

A 150-mile network of trails across five counties would include the proposed Ecusta Trail, the Oklawaha Trail from Blue Ridge Community College to Westfeldt Park and a link from Westfeldt Park to Brevard, the Henderson County Transportation Advisory Committee learned last week.

The plan is unfunded and a long way from becoming a reality. Of the 150 miles, just 12 miles exist now, including the 3½-mile Oklawaha Trail from Jackson Park to Berkeley Park. The bike-ped paths would run through Henderson, Transylvania, Haywood, Madison and Buncombe counties.
“Based on current funding policies, this is a 50-year vision optimistically,” Tristan Winkler, executive director of the French Broad MPO, told the Transportation Advisory Committee on Wednesday. “This is a long-term vision for the region. We had a call today, ‘Is this something that’s going to be done in the next five years?’ I can say definitely not.”. . .

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