Streetscape Surveying Begins
NEWTON, NC (Jan. 6, 2017)—The Newton Streetscape Project is taking another step forward as surveying begins around the 1924 Courthouse Square.
For the next several weeks, crews will conduct a comprehensive survey of Downtown Newton. Surveyors will be seen at work throughout the downtown area. You may also notice painted lines on sidewalks and pavement throughout the downtown area. The paint indicates the locations of underground utility lines and helps with planning for reinstallation of the lines as the project advances.
Newton City Council adopted the Newton Streetscape Master Plan and North Newton Master Plan in January 2016. The project is now in the engineering phase.
Streetscape refers to the natural and manmade components that make up a street. The Newton Streetscape Master Plan calls for improved and widened sidewalks, bike lanes, two lanes of parallel parking, and two moving lanes on the streets around the Courthouse Square. The plan also calls for improved open spaces, including a redesigned and expanded Yount Park and the addition of an outdoor stage on the west side of the Courthouse Square to allow outdoor concerts and other events.
Completed projects across country indicate that municipal investments in streetscapes yield a return in private investment many times larger than the initial municipal investment.
“I am excited to see this ambitious project continue to move forward,” Newton Mayor Anne P. Stedman said. “Newton’s beautiful downtown is one of our greatest assets. This project will greatly enhance what you see in Downtown Newton today and help attract investment to our community.”
Newton’s streetscape plan was developed after extensive public input through public meetings, online surveys and one-on-one interviews. To give residents and visitors an introduction to the streetscape improvements, a demonstration project was installed by the city with assistance from students at Discovery High School in October 2016. The demonstration featured temporarily widened sidewalks, modified parking and traffic flow, and landscaping. Visitors had the chance to walk through the demonstration and experience how enhanced sidewalks and other amenities of the streetscape project will make Downtown Newton more enjoyable for residents, visitors and businesses.
To learn more about the Newton Streetscape Project, visit www.newtonnc.gov/streetscape.