Oxford bike-lane network to expand after Phase II gets go-ahead

OXFORD – Cyclists in Oxford will find several miles of new bike lanes available, perhaps by next spring, that link schools, parks, the hospital and several residential areas with existing bike routes.
After having gotten approval from MDOT last week, the Board of Aldermen voted Tuesday to advertise for bids on Phase II of the city’s Pathways Project.
Funded with a $2.4 million federal transportation grant, the Pathways Project is designed to make bicycling and walking safer and more convenient modes of transportation.
Phase II will extend the existing network of designated bike lanes to FNC Park, Oxford’s and Lafayette County’s new sports complex, and to Oxford Elementary School as well as parts of the city’s main north-south street.
“It’s mostly shoulder work,” said Bart Robinson, Oxford’s director of public works. “Most of it will be new paving for the bike lanes, but in some places it’ll just take striping what’s already there.”
The following streets are slated to receive the bike lanes:
– South Lamar Boulevard from Frontage Road to the south city limit
– Belk Boulevard from South Lamar Boulevard to Highway 7
– South 18th Street from University Avenue to Belk Boulevard
– Bramlett Boulevard from University Avenue to Williams Street
– Williams Street (entire length)
– Hathorn Road from Coliseum Drive to Insight Park (University of Mississippi campus)
– Park Drive from Manor Drive to Highway 30
– Highway 30 from Park Drive to North Lamar Boulevard
– North Lamar Boulevard from Highway 30 to Price Street
– College Hill/Old Sardis Road from Jackson Avenue to FNC Park
– Old Taylor from old railroad turnoff to south city limit
“You’re probably looking at November 1 starting construction, and because you’ll be wintering-in right off the bat, I expect it may take nine or 10 months,” Robinson said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if it got stretched out to a year.”
Yet another segment of bike lanes will be added later.
“They’re working on plans to do Park (Drive) and Sisk (Avenue),” said Mike Mossing, chairman of the Pathways Commission. “Those two connectors from Oxford Elementary to Della Davidson Elementary should be on track for next year.”

Contact Errol Castens at (662) 281-1069 or errol.castens@djournal.com.

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