Federal funding will make possible a sweeping sidewalk and bike path project in one of Oconee’s main commercial districts. 

On Monday evening at Oconee Veterans Park, officials with the Madison Athens-Clarke Oconee Regional Transportation Study shared long-term goals of pedestrian connectivity in Oconee County. 

The 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan shows that bicycle lanes and sidewalks at Butler’s Crossing will eventually extend to Watkinsville’s Main Street and also down the northeastern side of Hog Mountain Road, passing the University of Georgia Horticulture Farm and ending near the U.S. 441 RaceTrac. 

Bicycle lanes and sidewalks are also planned along Daniells Bridge Road from its junction with Hog Mountain Road to the Oconee Connector QuikTrip. 

The widening of Mars Hill Road last year added bike lanes and sidewalks to that thoroughfare. 

In the early 2020s, the Georgia Department of Transportation will begin phase two with the widening of Experiment Station Road up to U.S. 441. 

It may be a decade or more before the remainder of Experiment Station Road that connects to Watkinsville’s Main Street gets widened. When it does, cyclists and pedestrians will be able to traverse from Watkinsville to Butler’s Crossing to Epps Bridge Centre or Presbyterian Village.

For more on this story, see the Sept. 12 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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