Cary and other western Wake municipalities have received about $3.5 million in funding from the state to help pay for road and sidewalk maintenance, repairs and improvements.
Gov. Pat McCrory announced in late October that the N.C. Department of Transportation had distributed more than $147 million in state street aid program allocations, also known as Powell Bill funds, to more than 500 cities and towns across the state.
“I am pleased that these funds will help hundreds of communities upgrade or repair their transportation systems and fulfill our goal of better connecting North Carolinians to jobs, education, healthcare, recreation and each other,” McCrory said in a statement. “These improvements will benefit residents and visitors through safety upgrades, increased connectivity and new economic opportunities.”
Cary received $1.9 million; Apex received $570,000; Holly Springs received $396,000; Fuquay-Varina received $315,000; and Morrisville received $277,000. These amounts are based 75 percent on the municipality’s population and 25 percent on the number of miles of locally maintained streets.
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The first half of the funding for the year was distributed on Sept. 28, and the rest will be distributed by Dec. 30, according to McCrory’s statement.
“A majority of our Powell Bill money received from the state helps fund street resurfacing and repair needs,” said Jerry Jensen, the town of Cary’s transportation manager, in an email. “To a lesser extent, a portion of Powell Bill funds are used for various street storm drainage improvements and sidewalk improvements.”
Cary has $5.9 million budgeted for street improvement projects in fiscal year 2016-17 with $4 million of that money to come from Powell Bill allocations.
Staff have proposed that the $5.9 million go toward resurfacing 187 street segments, totaling 18 miles, as well as patching and improvements to additional street segments. The Cary Town Council approved this list in October, but staff have some flexibility to revise it based on conditions and bid prices.
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▪ Apex: $570,826.28
▪ Cary: $1,911,089.27
▪ Fuquay-Varina: $315,423.99
▪ Holly Springs: $396,974.95
▪ Morrisville: $277,156.56
N.C. Department of Transportation