Friday, August 26, 2011

Extension of Front Street "Moving Forward"

Town officials are moving ahead with plans to extend Front Street from Mills Street all the way to NC 42.

The design phase of the project, which includes an environmental study, is expected to take a few months, with construction beginning sometime next year.

"We are very pleased to be funded and moving forward. This is an important and beneficial project," Town Manager Steve Biggs said.

The nearly mile-long stretch of street will have curbs and gutters with a five-foot sidewalk on one side and a 10-foot multi-use asphalt path on the other that will be part of the effort to provide walking trails through town.

Town officials say the extension is badly needed to provide an alternate east-west route into downtown. Along with easing traffic congestion, it would also allow emergency vehicles from Fire Station No. 2 an easier path to downtown and the north part of town, as well as access from the northeast area to the Post Office without having to cross railroad tracks.

The extension will also open the area up for development, as well as improving access to the Clayton Spinning Mill property, which would better facilitate redevelopment.

Most of the estimated $1.6 million cost will be paid by the state, with much of the town's part paid by a local developer whose land will be opened up by the work.

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