Public Meeting On Clarendon Avenue Multi-Use Path Sept. 19th

Public Meeting On Clarendon  Avenue Multi-Use Path Sept. 19th

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By / Local News / Wednesday, 11 September 2019 22:52

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - The Town of Carolina Beach will hold a meeting from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 19th, 2019 to facilitate public discussion on the Clarendon Avenue Multi-Use Path (MUP) project.

The project was approved earlier this year when Council voted during their January 8th, meeting to apply for a grant to construct a new multi-use bike and pedestrian path.

According to Jerry Haire - Project Manager - in November 2018, the Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) requested local governments consider applying for transportation grant funding.

Haire explained, "This is an 80% grant/20% local match minimum program with $898,000 in available funding. After reviewing the 2040 Plan eligible projects the Carolina Beach Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee at their November 19 meeting recommended unanimously that Town Council consider applying for funding for the Clarendon Ave. Multi-Use Path (MUP) from 4th St. to Dow Rd./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, and the Wilmington/New Hanover Greenway Plan. The project would be a 10 foot wide paved path with streetscape similar to Cape Fear Blvd."

Haire explained, "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."

Haire presented Council with a preliminary estimate for the project:
- Design & Construction: $593,968
- 15% NCDOT Admin fee: $89,095
- Total Cost: $683,063
- 80% Grant: $546,450
- 20% Town Match: $136,613

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

During the November 27th, 2018, 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.

For more information, please contact Jerry Haire, Project Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 910-458-8330

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