Carolina Beach To Apply For Grant For Multi-use Path

The Carolina Beach Town Council agreed during a November 27th, workshop to apply for a federally funded grant to install a multi-use bike and pedestrian path along Clarendon Avenue connecting the area around the Carolina Beach Elementary School to Mike Chappel Park on Dow Road.  (Pictured above: Recently constructed path along Cape Fear Blvd. ) The Carolina Beach Town Council agreed during a November 27th, workshop to apply for a federally funded grant to install a multi-use bike and pedestrian path along Clarendon Avenue connecting the area around the Carolina Beach Elementary School to Mike Chappel Park on Dow Road. (Pictured above: Recently constructed path along Cape Fear Blvd. )

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By / Local News / Wednesday, 28 November 2018 01:23

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - The Carolina Beach Town Council agree during their November 27th, workshop to apply for a grant to construct a new multi-use bike and pedestrian path along Clarendon Avenue.

According to Jerry Haire - Project Manager - the Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) is requesting local governments consider applying for transportation grant funding.

According to Haire, "The Wilmington MPO issued a call for projects on November 15th for applications for Transportation Alternatives Set Aside - Direct Attributable (TASA) grant funding. These are federal DOT funds administered through the MPO and the same funding source as the Island Greenway, Cape Fear Blvd. and Harper Ave. grants. Eligible projects must be included in the current Cape Fear 2040 Transportation Plan."

He explained the grant provides 80% percent of funding for a project with the local government providing 20% and there's $898,000 in available grant funding.

Haire explained, "After reviewing the 2040 Plan eligible projects the Carolina Beach Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee at their November 19th meeting recommended unanimously that Town Council consider applying for funding for the Clarendon Ave. Multi-Use Path(MUP) from 4th St. to Mike Chappelle Park and the new Island Greenway section. This project is also a priority project in the 2018 Carolina Beach Pedestrian Plan, and the 2011 Carolina Beach Bicycle Multi Use Transportation Plan. The project would be a 10 foot wide paved path with streetscape similar to Cape Fear Blvd."

He explained, "Pre-applications are due December 18th. Final applications are due January 25th, 2019. If Council is interested in pursuing this grant staff will proceed with refining the project scope, cost estimates and pre application. If the pre-application is deemed acceptable by MPO staff, the final application and required resolution of support would be brought back to Council for consideration at the January 8, 2019 regular Council meeting. Until that time there is no obligation on the part of the Town."

Haire presented Council with a preliminary estimate for the project:
• Design & Construction: $673,422
• 15% NCDOT Admin fee: $101,013
Total Cost: $774,435  
• 80% Grant: $619,548
• 20% Town Match: $154,887 

In 2011 a similar project was turned down by the Town Council.

During the November 27th, meeting Council member Leann Pierce explained, "I think things have changed in Town now and I think people have seen what we're working towards and if Council is not in favor or is not going to approve, it doesn't make sense for Jerry to go and apply for the money."
Councilman Tom Bridges said, "I'm certainly in favor of the project."

Councilman Steve Shuttleworth said, "I was in favor of it the first time we voted for it" in 2011.

Bridges said people have a more positive outlook on such paths since the last time the project was brought to Council because they can see  how other paths built in recent years have benefited other areas of Town.

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