The City of Oak Hill was awarded funds through the Transportation Alternatives and Recreational Trails Program grant program to increase the walkability of the community. The project will improve sidewalks on Central Ave and connect the White Oak Trail to Main Street.
City Manager Bill Hannabass was recently quoted saying, “I think that sidewalks are essential, they are important to all communities. The walkability of a community is very important,” said Hannabass. “And with recreation amendments like the White Oak Rail Trail is a primary recreation of residents and visitors. However, there is always an economic development factor. We want people to enjoy the trail, and we also want them to spent money; it makes the world go around.”
Last year Oak Hill became one of the 9th community in the state to pass a Complete Streets policy. Complete Streets are safe streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work. Read more here about how increasing bike-ability and walkability in communities can help to improve the health of residents and visitors alike.