WEST JEFFERSON-West Jefferson’s streetscape renovation got a big plug in a national print publication recently.
In the October issue of Governing – a magazine aimed at elected, appointed and career official in state and local governments – West Jefferson’s recent streetscape renovation was highlighted in an article on the “complete streets” movement. Governing Magazine has a circulation of roughly 85,000, according to the magazine.
In recent years, West Jefferson partnered with the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the Appalachian District Health Department to transform the city’s downtown street into an eye-catching pedestrian friendly hub. Beginning in 2011, NCDOT funded a $208,000 small construction project for roadway improvements in exchange for the removal of the traffic signals, and the Town contributed $140,000 for sidewalk and streetscape improvements. Brick pavers, underground utilities, and landscaping were incorporated over the next two summers at an overall project cost of $379,000, according to the NCDOT.
The project included paved crosswalks with curb extensions along Jefferson Avenue, underground utilities, street furniture, landscaping, pedestrian friendly street lighting and modified intersections at Ashe Street and Main Street, converting stoplight to stop signs.
Governing Magazine has a circulation of roughly 85,000, according to the magazine. Reach Adam Orr at 336-489-3058 or Twitter.com/AdamROrr