Council approves bid for park master plan
Pineville Parks and Recreation is now one step closer to having the opportunity to apply for grants and funding to help improve and expand the department’s facilities and amenity offerings.
The town voted unanimously to approve a bid just less than $35,000 to Woolpert, Inc., a design, geospatial and infrastructure management firm, to direct and form a 10-year park master plan for the town. The plan, which follows a survey completed by the town last July where residents shared their vision for parks and recreation facilities, would provide a guideline of town goals and developments for the department based on community input. More community meetings and discussions on department facilities, such as prospects of a dog park, tennis courts or community pool, will be held starting early 2014.
After completion of the park master plan, which leaders hope to finish by September 2014, the town hopes to apply for grants, such as the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant, to receive additional funding for future plans.
Crews working on I-485 bridge in Pineville
Widening work on Interstate 485 is moving forward in earnest this month, as crews contracted by the North Carolina Department of Transportation have started paving new lanes and this week were working on widening the I-485 bridge that crosses above N.C. 51.
Much of the work left to do on the widening, which should be done by late 2014, involves widening the multiple bridges to accommodate the new lanes. One extra lane in each direction is being added to the highway, though the extra-wide pavement may be divided into two lanes in each direction in the future to accommodate a toll lane.
In addition to bridge widening, crews are working on the Johnston Road flyover and an auxiliary lane that will stretch from Ballantyne to the N.C. 51 exit on the I-485 inner loop.
Drivers are urged to be aware of lane closures as work continues.
Pineville police remind drivers to stay alert through the holidays
The Pineville Police Department wants to remind residents to be careful and alert this holiday season while driving in heavy traffic caused by holiday shopping.
For people who are not headed to Carolina Place Mall or other shops situated around and near the mall, Pineville Police advice residents to avoid N.C. 51. If N.C. 51 is unavoidable, drivers should remember to stay within the speed limit and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles.
Find more information at the department’s website, www.pinevillencpolice.com.