EASLEY — The expansion of The Doodle Trail into the city’s downtown area has been long awaited by business owners and residents alike but it hasn’t come without some changes to the area.
Besides the widening of sidewalks, the City of Easley also converted Wilbur Street to a one-way roadway at 9 a.m. on Thursday to better accommodate trail walkers, joggers and bikers.
Prior to altering the flow of traffic on Wilbur Street, the city stated that all of the proper authorities were notified and had approved the change.
In addition, all required safety and signage measures were implemented well before the switch although the city does urge drivers and residents to use caution as the changes take place over the next few weeks and people get used to the new traffic patterns.
As far as the trail itself, progress is being made on both the Pickens and Easley ends. Mile markers have been painted to help trail users discern how far they’ve gone (and how far they have to go!), landscaping and building plans for the trail heads are well underway and tree removal for the Doodle Park has already begun.
“I’ve logged over 2,500 miles on the ‘original’ 7.5 mile section of The Doodle Trail,” said Tim Granger. “I can’t wait to go investigate the new section! Many thanks to everyone that has made this trail a reality in Pickens/Easley.”
Granger encourages the cities to continue to promote multi-use and education about trail use etiquette.
“The Doodle Trail is well designed and much more enjoyable to use than the Swamp Rabbit Trail,” he said. “As more businesses in the area realize the potential, it will surely grow dramatically in utilization. It is a fantastic amenity in our community. Thank you for providing such a great venue for pursuing a healthy lifestyle.”
Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.