Connect Danbury is one step closer to becoming a reality after the Danbury Town Council voted last week to formally adopt the plan, which is aimed to help improve connectivity and incorporate multiple components such as sidewalks, pathways and trails.
“At this point, we can go forward and seek out funding,” said Town Administrator Mike Barsness.
Barsness explained there are virtually no sidewalks in Danbury. The town is promoted as a tourist destination, but there’s limited parking, walking and bicycle infrastructure.
“The plan has three or four major components and a number of sub-phases that will happen over time as funding becomes available,” he said. “We want to connect the historic center of town to the recreational end which is our river access and Moratock Park.”
According to Barsness, one of the components expected to be in the early phase is the Southern Gateway, which would include a roundabout at the intersection of Main Street / NC 8 and 89 and Sheppard Mill Rd. The roundabout would improve vehicular traffic flow and incorporate safe crossing for pedestrians and greenway users.
“There will be some that say we don’t need a roundabout in Danbury, but one of the primary reasons we want this is it will be a formal recognition that you’re entering our town and that we care about our community,” Barsness said.
There’s no doubt there are those who will see a roundabout as a hindrance from getting to point A to point B, Barsness said.
“But we’re talking about a roundabout of a smaller scale, not like you see in larger areas.”
Another phase of the plan would include a downtown sidewalk at Sheeprock Rd. The decorative sidewalk along the south side of Main Street would incorporate elements of the historic flagstone walkway. Pedestrians could take Sheeprock Rd. to the proposed MST Trailhead and hiking trails.
“Everybody wants to see this happen,” Barsness said. “It’s an exciting piece and it helps create a destination point for people in Winston-Salem and Greensboro. It’s a new draw to bring people here and I think it would offer some tremendous views of Hanging Rock.”
Barsness added, “Our town is a beautiful place with a lot of character. The council and people we’ve spoken to are really excited about this. We’re looking forward to the future in Danbury.”
Amanda Dodson may be reached at 336-813-2426.