Important Connector

by Jun 2, 2022North Brunswick, Travel

Leland’s Old Fayetteville Road Multi-Use Path wins an NCDOT Mobi Award.

The Town of Leland is proud to announce that the Old Fayetteville Road Multi-Use Path and Resurfacing project has won a 2022 N.C. Department of Transportation Mobi Award.

The Old Fayetteville Road Multi-Use Path was one of 12 finalists and named the winner on May 4. The project won in the small urban category, which recognizes small-to-medium communities or counties with population between 10,000 and 50,000.

NCDOT developed the Mobi Awards to raise the profile of multimodal transportation and recognize projects’ positive community impacts on the economy and quality of life. A panel of judges selected winners after scoring projects based on how well they spurred economic development, created jobs, improved public health or made other unique and significant contributions.

Mobi Award Leland NC

The Old Fayetteville Road Multi-Use Path has proved to be an important connector since opening in October 2021. The project was the result of years of effort to develop a safe route for students to walk and bike to school and a collaboration between the Town of Leland, NCDOT and the Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO). The WMPO has submitted multiple projects for the Mobi Awards in the past, but this is the first time one has been named a finalist.

“Winning this award highlights the importance of this project and what it means for the area,” Town of Leland Public Services Director Brannon Richards says. “We have taken a very busy street corridor that routinely had people walking along a road with no pedestrian and bicycle access and provided a safe means of transportation for everyone while removing this activity from the roadway.”

The one-mile paved multi-use path, separated from traffic, runs along the north side of Old Fayetteville Road from Founders Park to North Brunswick High School. It provides access to educational, recreational and civic destinations and connects residential areas with the school, Founders Park, Leland Town Hall, Leland Library and the Brunswick Senior Resource Center.

By improving connectivity and increasing transportation options, this project makes accessing community amenities more convenient for residents.

The project also included Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant upgrades and drainage improvements along Old Fayetteville Road. The road was widened and resurfaced. Learn more about the Old Fayetteville Road Multi-Use Path here.