At its April 2 meeting, Hickory City Council approved to move forward with the selected alignment and presented plans for the Book Walk, as recommended by the Bond Implementation Commission.
First identified as a project in the City’s Inspiring Spaces Plan, the Book Walk will be a multi-use pathway providing pedestrian and bicycle connectivity from the City Walk in Downtown Hickory, through the Ridgeview community, to U.S. 70. The path will travel from the City Walk down South Center Street, west across City-owned property at the historic Ridgeview Library, and south on First Street SW to the current Ridgeview Branch Library. The path will then go west on Seventh Avenue SW past the current Ridgeview Branch Library and Ridgeview Recreation Center, before turning south and following Fourth Street SW to U.S. 70 at the Walmart Neighborhood Market.
Design plans for the Book Walk will be largely consistent with City Walk aesthetics, with one main difference. The Book Walk will be an asphalt path trimmed with concrete ribbons along the sides, whereas the City Walk will be constructed entirely of concrete.
In February, City staff met with members of the Ridgeview community to discuss the project and gather input from community stakeholders. Recommendations from Ridgeview citizens were then presented to the Bond Commission and included in the current plans.
The City was awarded $5.2 million of federal Surface Transportation Block Grant – Direct Attributable (STBG-DA) funds towards the Book Walk project by the Transportation Advisory Board of the Greater Hickory Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) back in 2018. The total value of the project is $6.5 million.
For more information about the Book Walk and the City’s Crafting Hickory projects, please visit www.CraftingHickory.com.
Click the image to view the Book Walk route.