Council To Consider Seeking Grant Funds For Cape Fear Blvd Path

Council To Consider Seeking Grant Funds For Cape Fear Blvd Path Featured

By / Local News / Wednesday, 05 November 2014 05:00

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CAROLINA BEACH  - The Carolina Beach Town Council will consider applying for grant funding at their November 10th, meeting to help pay for a 3,163 foot, 10’ foot wide paved off-road multi-use path along the south side of Cape Fear Blvd. from Third St. to Dow Rd.
According to Jerry Haire with the Town's Planning Department, the route begins at the southwest intersection of Cape Fear Blvd and Third Street and continues west within the existing 90’ Cape Fear Blvd street right-of-way approximately 0.6 miles ending at Dow Road.
Haire explained, "Utility and bike-pedestrian improvements along Cape Fear Blvd are part of the Town’s infrastructure project that includes the downtown area from Canal Dr. west to Dow Rd., south to Augusta Ave. and north to Goldsboro Ave. The MUP from Third to Sixth St. is fully designed, permitted and under contract for construction in spring 2015. The remaining project from Sixth St to Dow Rd. is currently at 50% design."
Haire explained in a memo to Council last week, "The proposed MUP provides pedestrian and bicycle connection between the busy Central Business District and Boardwalk area, Carolina Beach Public Library, surrounding neighborhoods, and the heavily traveled Dow Rd. corridor. The project is in close proximity to Carolina Beach Elementary School, Lake Park, the Island Greenway along Dow Rd. and the 1.2 mile Greenway section under development beginning at Mike Chappell Park."
He explained, "The Island Greenway is identified as a top priority in the Carolina Beach Bicycle Multi-Use Transportation Plan adopted in 2011. It is also noted as priority in the Wilmington/New Hanover County Comprehensive Greenway Plan."
Part of the Greenway is also planned to run from Mike Chappel Park to Alabama Avenue. That plan generated controversy in recent weeks because a portion of the path was moved closer to residential homes. Many residents said they were never notified. In addition, the path will be located on military land and the U.S. Army is now requiring a 10' foot tall fence with barbwire on top.
The grant request is for $425,639 with a required 20% Town cash match of $106,410 for a total project cost of $532,049. Applications are due on November 17. The grant would come from the Federal Highway Administration Surface Transportation Program – Direct Appointment Funding (STP-DA). That program provides flexible funding that may be used by States and localities for projects to preserve and improve the conditions and performance on any Federal-aid Highway, bridge and tunnel projects on any public road, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, and transit capital projects, including intercity bus terminals. The Council will consider a resolution authorizing an application for the grant funding at their upcoming November 10th, meeting at 6:30PM at Town Hall.



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