With new funding programs being made available to communities every year, municipalities are taking a creative look at their downtown spaces and developing their own unique atmosphere to help support local businesses while also providing residents with a relaxing, safe place to gather.
As the deadline for municipalities to apply for the Downtown Associate Community program approaches, we decided it was time to take a look back at one of our North Carolina Main Street Award projects.
As the heart of the community, the Courthouse Square portrays a strong sense of identity and strength for the citizens in just about any County. When the North Carolina Main Street Grant opportunity was developed, the City of Clinton saw an opportunity to revamp their Courthouse Square by enhancing the physical and aesthetic aspects of this important public space.
The City’s plan included streetscape improvements to provide increased public safety and a more pleasant pedestrian experience, along with new sidewalks with brick paved accents, new period lighting to maintain the historic nature of the space, new traffic signals and pedestrian crossing signals coordinated with the lighting design.
To provide an open public venue, a new seat wall around the Courthouse green and pedestrian benches were built, and street trees with complementary open space plantings were placed along the thoroughfare.
The Wooten Company provided the engineering design for the overall project, along with correcting storm drainage problems and improving traffic flow while still slowing traffic speed. Our team also provided contract administration and construction observation to oversee the milling of existing asphalt pavement, 4,700 feet of conduits for CP&L Power lines, and DOT signalization control wires, the replacement of curbs, gutters and sidewalks, pavement overlay and striping, landscaping, and even coordination of work with City, Sampson County, NCDOT, local utilities companies, Sprint Telephone, and, of course, downtown business owners.
After the project was completed, Clinton was awarded “Best Public Improvement Project” from the N.C. Main Street Center.