North by Northwest Consulting was proud to work on the new pedestrian bridge going over highway 127 in Hickory. It will connect Lenoir-Rhyne University to the downtown City Walk. This project is the latest in an ongoing series of updates from the city of Hickory. It will revitalize the city and enrich the local community. The path will ultimately be part of a 10-mile long pedestrian access trail. That will connect and update a key network of walkways. These walkways include City Walk, Book Walk, Riverwalk, Old Lenoir Walk, and Aviation walk.
A Way to Honor the History of Hickory
NxNW particularly likes the Well Crafted designed bridge arches. We feel they resemble furniture frames, which is a fantastic way to honor our region’s history of furniture manufacturing. NxNW was honored to be part of such a transformational project for Hickory. As it will also enable Lenoir-Rhyne University students and staff to connect more easily to the heart of the community. Without their risking unnecessary injury from crossing the busy highway. We project that this new pedestrian access walk will be hugely beneficial to the city of Hickory.
Supporting the Local Community
In addition to pedestrian access the 10-mile connected walk will also allow for safe cycling paths. As well as an alternative to driving for many residents and employees in the local area. The trail will connect many local amenities, businesses, and public spaces. All of which will support the local community and encourage dynamic growth in the area.
As of March 2021, the City of Hickory has released artist renderings of what the soon-to-be-completed project will look like alongside a video which details the latest project updates. NxNW enjoys being part of projects for the betterment of local communities and to support safety and access. We worked on a similar project in Asheville which revitalized the River Arts District and has been a huge success in being a destination within itself.