By MELINDA J. OVERSTREET
Glasgow Daily Times
Now that a 20-year plan for where and how trails for walking, running or cycling in and near Glasgow would be developed is officially part of the Comprehensive Plan for development in the broader sense in Barren County, where does it go from here?
The yearlong process of meetings, hearings, composing drafts and creating and compiling maps to getting the Glasgow Alternative Transportation Endeavor Master Plan added as an element in the Comprehensive Plan for development is all a “huge first step,” said Leigh Lessenberry, an avid cyclist who was on the steering committee that worked to create the plan. “We just have to keep moving in that direction and not assume our work is done.”
G.A.T.E. includes maps and descriptions for proposed trail routes. The Boundary Corridor would utilize the Veterans Outer Loop, which already has 12-foot-wide shoulders, said Kevin Myatt, planning director for the Joint City-County Planning Commission of Barren County, at the Glasgow City Council meeting in February when the ordinance got its first reading. It passed on second reading earlier this month. He likened the loop to the outer rim of a wheel.
The Gateway Corridors would follow main streets into town, such as U.S. 31-E, Ky. 90, Ky. 1297, Ky. 249 and U.S. 68-Ky. 80, like spokes in a wheel.
Other paths would work around logical areas like schools or in spaces where construction would be less likely to encroach, like in flood hazard areas and along utility routes. Northern and southern schools routes are proposed.
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