LELAND — Of the 12 finalists for the 2022 N.C. Department of Transportation Mobi Award, the Town of Leland has announced the Old Fayetteville Multi-Use Path and Resurfacing project as the winner. Crowned May 4, the project won in the small urban category, which recognizes communities or counties with populations between 10,000 and 50,000.
The Mobi Awards were created by NCDOT to raise awareness and the profile of multimodal transportation. as well as recognize projects that have a positive impact on the community, the economy, and quality of life. Judges select winners based on how well projects spurred economic development, established job opportunities, improved public health, or made other unique or notable community contributions.
As a result of years of effort in the case of developing safe routes for students to walk and bike to school, the Old Fayetville Road Multi-Use Path Project has become a major addition since its opening in October 2021. The project workers collaborated with the Town of Leland, NCDOT, and the Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) to finalize project development. As the WMPO has submitted several past projects for the Mobi Awards, this is the first time one has been named a finalist.
The multi-use path is 1 mile, paved, and separated by traffic, running along the north side of Old Fayetteville Road from Founders Park to North Brunswick High School. Providing access to educational, recreational, and civic destinations, the path connects residential areas with the school, Founders Park, Leland Town Hall, Leland Library, and the Brunswick Senior Resource Center.
The project has improved connectivity and increased transportation options, plus eased accessing community amenities for residents. Additionally, the project included Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant upgrades, drainage improvements, road-widening, and road-resurfacing.
More information on the Old Fayetteville Road Multi-Use Path is available here.
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