The City of Greenville approved a bond question related to Street and Pedestrian Transportation on the November 3, 2015, ballot. Summaries of the bond projects are as follows:
Street Improvements: $10,000,000
The City of Greenville is responsible for more than 700 lane miles of streets throughout the City. This ongoing project is designed to repair and maintain some of the worst of those roads. Project funds will be used to mill, repair, and resurface City-maintained roads. Streets were selected using a roadway conditions analysis (performed in 2014), Public Works maintenance records and sample road cores, utility coordination, suitability for resurfacing, and road classification - major or minor roadway.
Streets that have been evaluated for repairs include Arlington Boulevard between Stantonsburg Road and Fire Tower Road, Elm Street between 14th Street and the Tar River, portions of Hooker Road, and several other major road segments.
West 5th Street Streetscape: $1,950,000
The design and construction of functional and aesthetic improvements to streets in West Greenville send a clear signal to residents and investors that West Greenville is in the midst of a revival. The streetscape project for West Fifth Street started with the 2004 bonds and included an area from Memorial Drive to several blocks east. Funds from this bond will continue streetscape improvements from Cadillac Street to Tyson Street. Improvements include modification of sidewalks and streets to enhance pedestrian safety, lighting improvements, public transit stops, planting of scenic trees and vegetation, storm water improvements, and the potential for civic art projects that celebrate the history and sense of place that make West Greenville special.
10th Street Connector Enhancements: $1,750,000
The 10th Street Connector is a NCDOT project currently underway that will connect 10th Street and Stantonsburg Road. This will become the primary route for visitors coming from areas west of Greenville to easily get into the downtown area. It will be a gateway to the heart of our city and one of the first impressions created for visitors.
The $1,750,000 from the bond will fund the costs associated with the improvements that are above NCDOT’s standards. In essence, the money allows for extended and larger sidewalks, street lights, trees and other items to present a more beautiful first impression of our city. These enhancements will provide for pedestrian safety and encourage walking as a viable means of transportation.
This project will build about 9 miles of sidewalks along thoroughfares and other high priority locations. Presently, many streets and major thoroughfares do not have sidewalks to provide safe travel for pedestrians. Projects have been evaluated and prioritized and will be completed as money permits. The City Council has prioritized approximately 33.5 miles of sidewalks for construction. The additional sidewalks and sidewalk improvements throughout Greenville will improve pedestrian safety, community character and appeal, as well as encourage walking as a viable alternative means of transportation.
East Side Greenway: $750,000The Federal Highway Administration recognizes greenways as shared-use paths that serve as “the arterials of the bicycle and pedestrian transportation system.” These paths, which are often referred to as linear parks, are really designed to create safe routes for non-vehicular traffic. Greenville’s greenways are primarily located in conservation areas along streams and the Tar River which lends to their use for relaxation and recreation; but their portions adjacent to streets helps provide access to various parts of the city. The greenways create a safe alternative for people who wish to travel via bicycle or on foot, but want to avoid traffic.
Bond funds will provide for an extension to provide connection from the eastern side of Greenville all the way across town to the soon to be completed western extension (which ends at the VA Clinic near the hospital). Joggers, bicyclists, and walkers will have a safe path where they do not have to worry about competing with cars for road space. Greenways are also often cited as critical components leading to a higher quality of life which can help Greenville’s economic development teams attract and retain new businesses and investment along or near greenways.