RC Region Cities Receive Powell Bill Funding – The Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald


RC Region Cities Receive Powell Bill Funding

Posted at 5:50 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18, 2022

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Department of Transportation is distributing more than $154.8 million in street relief, known as the Powell Bill Fund, to 508 municipalities statewide.

The initial allocation, half of the total credit, was distributed last week. The other half will be paid by January 1.

“Powell Bill funding allows us to complete many important transportation projects for North Carolina communities, from Murphy to Manteo,” said Secretary of Transportation Eric Boyette. “Municipalities can use these funds for projects that make our state a great place to live, work and play.”

Powell Bill funds are primarily used to resurface municipal streets, but may also be used to maintain, repair, build or widen streets, bridges and drainage areas. Municipalities can also use Powell Bill funds to plan, build and maintain bike lanes, greenways or sidewalks.

The amount each municipality receives is based on a formula established by state law, with 75% of the funds based on population and 25% based on the number of miles of streets maintained by the municipality. Annual population figures are provided by the Office of State Budget and Management.

The October allocations for municipalities in the Roanoke-Chowan area are as follows:

Ahoskie: $79,447.42

Askewville: $3,823.20

Aulander: $13,923.74

Cofield: $4,225.67

Colerain: $2,598.05

Conway: $11,744.57

Garysburg: $16,727.39

Gaston: $19,907.25

Gatesville: $4,353.78

Harrelsville: $1,371.59

Jackson: $7,940.86

Kelford: $4,104.62

Laker: $1,470.51

Lewiston-Woodville: $6,879.08

Murfreesboro: $41,395.19

Powellsville: $3,056.60

Rich Square: $15,836.04

Roxobel: $3,998.12

Seaside: $9,426.88

Severn: $3,904.04

Windsor: $50,310.87

Winton: $11,525.22

Woodland: $10,561.13

The fund is named after Junius K. Powell, former state senator and mayor of Whiteville. Powell was the primary sponsor of the 1951 bill to help cities across the state solve urban road problems.

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Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, is an editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index and Front Porch Living magazine.

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