The news of a two-and-a-half mile biking-walking trail in Augusta County is welcomed in an area that is becoming increasingly developed around Augusta Health Hospital. The trail, as reported Tuesday by Staunton News Leader reporter Calvin Trice (see 2.5-mile trail planned for Fishersville area), would begin at Rt. 250 across from the entrance to the Wilson Complex and continue past the hospital and across I-64 to Expoland.
The trail is incorporated into the larger Myers Corner project currently underway in Fishersville including a road connecting Rt. 250 to the hospital plus an expansion and widening of Tinkling Spring Road and the Rt. 608 bridge that crosses I-64 at Exit 91. That exit currently includes McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Sheetz, UPS, FedEx, and retail on the south side. The north side of the interstate includes Augusta Health, medical office buildings, Augusta Health gymnasium, businesses, the new Mary Baldwin Murphy Deming College Health Sciences building, retail, and housing. With bridge and road work improvements to an area that had become a bottleneck for traffic, look for more development south of the interstate in addition to what is already in progress north of I-64 as the Exit 91 area continues to grow and draw new residents.