WESTERLY — A consultant hired to study the proposed Misquamicut-area bicycle and fitness loop will present preliminary recommendations and an impact assessment during a meeting scheduled for Tuesday night at 6 in the Municipal Courtroom at Town Hall.
Representatives of Lincoln-based Pare Corp. will discuss the results of their study of the proposed 7-mile loop, which is to run along a portion of Shore Road, down Weekapaug Road, across Atlantic Avenue and then up Winnapaug Road. The company is expected to recommend a preferred alternative for each of the four roads, balancing the wishes of residents and taking into consideration cost and construction effects. Information on parking and access to the path will also be covered.
Lisa Pellegrini, director of development services, said residents are encouraged to attend the meeting and contribute ideas and input.
In November the consultants discussed the challenges of developing the loop on roads with heavy motor vehicle traffic as well as drainage problems and narrow shoulders. The company was awarded a $29,900 contract by the Town Council as part of a town contribution required to obtain the state funding.
The meeting will serve as the first meeting of the Bike Path and Cycling Advisory Committee since it was designated as an official town board by the Town Council in January. The committee had been meeting informally for about four years and developed the concept for the bicycle and fitness loop.