As many of you have seen, the median on Brewery Hill has recently been extended to over a mile and the Town of Holly Springs left the uphill side as a single lane. Bob has updated our rides to avoid Brewery Hill, but Woods Creek Road isn’t much better since it has a median with single lanes in both directions.
I have been in contact with several town officials including the Mayor, the Town Manager and the Town Engineer. The good news is that they will be fixed. The bad news is that it won’t be for a couple of years. They are well aware of the hourglass roads (their words, not mine) that they have created. The plan (at least what I got from reading between the lines) is for Brewery Hill to be widened when developers start building developments on the south side of the road.
The same is true for Woods Creek Road. There is another 1,700 home development (Carolina Springs) about to start (I saw the surveyors out there on a ride last last month) and there will be “significant improvements” to that section of road. I’m not sure what that means, but their Transportation Plan shows bike lanes on every new road.
In the meantime, we need to be extra careful when riding in these single lane road. Stay close together and get through them as quickly as you can.
Finally, here is something I received from the Town Engineer:
“I’d like to add that the Town will be implementing a Bicycle Safety Improvements project this year in which we will be installing Share-the-Road signs and pavement markings for bicycling on Green Oaks Parkway, Holly Springs New Hill Road, New Hill Road, and Old Holly Springs Road. This project is in response to Town residents who are on-street bicyclists like yourself who were concerned for their safety along this route. I understand that this is not the route that you have discussed below, but I would like to echo Mr. Harrington’s response below by saying that you should stay engaged to help us understand where the greatest safety concerns are and continue to express the bicycling community’s sentiment. I would also recommend that you give back to the town your input after we have installed the above described bicycling safety measures.”
We’ll see if it makes any difference.
Quote of the week: “I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.” Francis Bacon