Council to consider pedestrian plan draft

Published 11:11 am Monday, December 12, 2016

GETTING AROUND: The proposed pedestrian plan calls for a shared-used plan along Market Street from 15th Street to Airport Road. (City of Washington)

GETTING AROUND: The proposed pedestrian plan calls for a shared-used plan along Market Street from 15th Street to Airport Road. (City of Washington)

The proposed pedestrian plan to be considered by the Washington City Council today does not include extending the Jack’s Creek greenway, which had been considered.

At its Nov. 29 meeting, the Planning Board endorsed the plan as prepared by the Mid-East Commission, recommending the council approve it, with the exception of the greenway extension. The pedestrian plan references other plans with recreational-related elements.

A $10,000 Community Transformation Grant paid for the plan. The city contracted with the Mid-East Commission to complete a comprehensive pedestrian plan.

“The City of Washington Comprehensive Bicycle Plan and the Beaufort County Comprehensive Transportation Plan support the vision of developing an updated comprehensive pedestrian transportation planning document that will provide direction in achieving safe transportation and connectivity in Washington,” reads the plan’s executive summary. The summary continues: “Washington’s vision is to develop a pedestrian friendly environment that connects neighborhoods, parks, shopping, and employment destinations,while attracting new residents and businesses with the beautiful natural settings in which these walkway facilities are located.”

The draft plan also notes: “The City should consider allocating resources on an annual basis to establish and maintain a pedestrian network, maintain existing facilities, and fund programs and on-going activities directed towards encouragement, enforcement, and education. The allocation of City funding for pedestrian facilities will be an ongoing need.”

The plan follows the N.C. Department of Transportation’s expanded municipal pedestrian plan template and address several items, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • immediate concerns and long-term aspirations;
  • an explanation of the benefits of walking;
  • system map showing each proposed project according to location and type;
  • specific project identification and priority list;
  • cost estimates for proposed facilities.

The council meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Council Chambers in the Municipal Building, 102 E. Second St. To view the council’s agenda for a specific meeting, visit the city’s web­site at, click “City Agendas.” Locate the appropriate agenda (by date) under the “Washington City Council” heading, then click on that specific agenda listing.


About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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