Clinton's Courthouse Square Revitalization
New design draws new businesses and improves pedestrian experience
Winner of a N.C. Main Street Center - Best Public Improvement Award
The City of Clinton, NC understood that its downtown area needed a renovation to help retain businesses and draw new ones into the district. As the heart of the community, the Courthouse Square portrayed a strong sense of identity for the citizens of Sampson County. The Courthouse Square Revitalization Plan was designed to enhance the physical and aesthetic aspects of this important public space. Planned streetscape improvements provided for increased public safety and a more pleasant pedestrian experience. These included new sidewalks, new period lighting in keeping with the historic nature of the space, new traffic signals and pedestrian crossing signals, a new seat wall around the Courthouse green and street trees with open space plantings. Major work also included correcting storm drainage problems and improving traffic flow while slowing traffic speed. The Wooten Company performed design services, construction administration and construction observation for the project which spanned 6 blocks of the downtown area. The work involved milling and replacing the existing asphalt, installation of 4,700 LF of conduits for CP&L Power lines and DOT signal control wires, new curbs, gutters and sidewalk, landscaping and the coordination of work with the Owner, CP&L, the NCDOT, Sprint Telephone, Sampson County and downtown business owners. The $906,600 renovation received funding from the USDA Grant/Loan Program.
The Wooten Company has assisted the City of Clinton for the past 10 years with their downtown redevelopment project. As a follow up to the other two phases of the downtown project, this Phase 3 project expanded the revitalization effort to include another area on the eastern side of downtown. Keeping with the same goals of improved pedestrian experience and increased public safety to help revitalize the downtown area, this phase included new sidewalks with brick paved accents, new period lighting, street resurfacing and new pavement markings for parking and directional arrows, street trees, and open space planting. Major work over the 6 block area included replacing 900 ft of 6” water main, the installation of approximately 9,000 feet of conduits for Progress Energy power lines and Century Link / Star Vision communication lines, one new parking area overlooking Cattail branch with a new pedestrian friendly walking trail, and one revitalized parking lot with a new City art wall, replacement of 5,100 feet of curb and gutter, removal and replacement of existing sidewalk, and new concrete and brick sidewalks. The engineering services related to this project included the development of the construction documents, bidding / negotiation, coordination with utility companies through all phases of the project, and construction contract administration / construction observation.