The proposed North Main Street Sidepath is a 3-mile corridor connecting Downtown Marion with the Joesph McDowell Catawba Greenway along US 70. The proposed Sidepath is a critical missing link in the City of Marion's bicycle and pedestrian network and is an identified corridor of the Fonta Flora State Trail. the North Main Street Sidepath Feasibility Study evaluates potential route scenarios along North Main Street, US 70, and the Catawba River to determine the preferred route. The study also provides cost estimates and an implement nation plan to construct the Sidepath.
The project was led by the North Carolina Department of Transportation's Integrated Mobility Division (NCDOT IMD) and the City of Marion. Supporting agencies involved in the study are McDowell County, NC State Trails, and Friends of the Fonta Flora State Trail.
several engagement events took place throughout the study process including three steering committee meetings, three land owner coordination meetings, a public meeting, and a public survey. The City Council adopted the Study on October 18, 2022. The Study has been forwarded to NCDOT IMB for final review and approval. Below is a link to the presentation and signed resolution.