Public meeting planned on $10M grant

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The city of Wilson and Wilson Chamber of Commerce are hosting a public meeting Wednesday for residents interested in learning more about plans to revitalize U.S. 301 with the city’s $10 million federal grant.

The meeting will be held Wednesday at the Wilson Operations Center, 1800 Herring Ave., from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Rodger Lentz, Wilson’s chief planning and development officer, and Bill Bass, Wilson civil engineer, will provide updates on the multi-year project and present an expected timeline.

City officials learned in October that the city will receive a $10 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) VII grant for corridor improvements, including new medians, sidewalks, crosswalks, stormwater lines and a multi-use walking path. The city of Wilson plans to invest at least $3 million in the project, raising the level of work to $13 million.

The highway improvement project has three goals — to improve area infrastructure, reduce flooding and increase safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. The project is planned to start near Lipscomb Road and continue toward Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway. Part of the work will involve adding sidewalks to connect Wilson Community College to its future Lee Campus.

City staff is coordinating with the Department of Transportation, at federal and state levels, about details and the extent of the project.

The city’s “U.S. 301: Road to Opportunity” grant is part of $500 million in TIGER grants approved nationwide in 2015. Wilson was one of two cities approved for funding in North Carolina. Charlotte received $25 million.

Additional information about the U.S. 301 project can be found at www.wilsonnc.org/tiger. Wednesday’s meeting is being organized by 301 Forward, a Wilson Chamber of Commerce group, in partnership with the city.

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