Plans being reviewed for Powell Bill funds


Mount Olive is set to receive approximately $60,000 in the next state allotment of Powell Bill funds, given to municipalities to help pay for street repairs, and a large portion of that money is earmarked for sidewalk construction in the South Church Street area.

The town has been setting aside Powell Bill funds and now has accumulated around $125,000 to finance the work. The funds are appropriated on a quarterly basis.

Town Manager Charles Brown said the in-house sidewalk construction is set to begin once the project receives an engineer’s stamp of approval.

That is currently in the works, he said.

The recent approval of a bike/pedestrian plan green lighted the sidewalk project after a two-year study by state officials.

The plan was approved at the last town board meeting earlier this month.

Sidewalk construction is planned on South Church Street from Franklin Street to Nelson Street and on to Hillsboro Street.

The remaining funds in the upcoming allocation will be used for routine resurfacing.

Brown said roadways targeted for resurfacing this coming fall have not been designated at this time.


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