“The ongoing projects we are working on will raise the standard for gateways in our community, provide a better first impression of Fayetteville and be a draw for potential future residents and businesses. For residents, the gateway projects will increase pride in the city in which they live, work and play.” - Mayor Pro-Tem Mitch Colvin
Making Improvements Through Collaboration
Several projects in Fayetteville are focused on making improvements to City gateways. A total of $100,000 is currently budgeted for the projects. A local Gateways Committee, comprised of members from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County and Fayetteville Public Works Commission (PWC), is directing the efforts.
Projects already completed include the painting of the Ramsey Street train trestle, the planting of crepe myrtle trees in the medians of Cliffdale Road and Bingham Drive and the construction of a brick wall at the corner of Grove and Ann streets. Going forward, a brick wall and fence will be built at the Elmwood Cemetery, at the corner of Murchison Road and Cumberland Street.
“The Gateways Committee strives for Fayetteville to be an attractive city, focusing on the beautification of our major corridors,” said Mayor Pro Tem Mitch Colvin, Gateways Committee Chair. “The ongoing projects we are working on will raise the standard for gateways in our community, provide a better first impression of Fayetteville and be a draw for potential future residents and businesses. For residents, the gateway projects will increase pride in the city in which they live, work and play.”
Most of the projects are coordinated by Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation and the City’s Engineering & Infrastructure Department, with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) serving as the primary coordinator for some projects.
In addition to the aforementioned projects, it’s important to note that other corridor projects in Fayetteville have greatly improved the aesthetics of the community. NCDOT projects, with coordination from Parks & Recreation and Engineering & Infrastructure, along Eastern Boulevard, Grove Street, Bragg Boulevard, Glensford Drive and Ramsey Street, have greatly enhanced the appearance of those respective thoroughfares. Owen Drive is currently receiving an upgrade in the form of landscaped medians, which will also be added to the middle of Raeford Road in the future. The Owen Drive and Raeford Road projects are also funded by DOT.
Consistent City Branding
Another focus of the Gateways Committee is providing consistent branding to signage across the City corridors that does not currently match. Signage along Bragg Boulevard, Murchison Road, Ramsey Street, Eastern Boulevard, Cedar Creek Road and the MLK Expressway (Highway 87) has signs that are inconsistent.
- Mayor Pro-Tem Mitch Colvin, Chair
- Council Member Kathy Jensen
- Council Member Bobby Hurst
- Cumberland County Commissioner Jimmy Keefe
- Fayetteville PWC Commissioner Wade Fowler
- The City of Fayetteville cares about the community which it serves, is aware of the need to improve its gateways, and is actively working now to improve the gateways.
- The City of Fayetteville has a long-term plan, with sufficient and dedicated funding, to improve its gateways, making Fayetteville an attractive and desirable place to live.
- Helping keep our City clean is a shared responsibility of the community and its residents and one of community pride. We all need to help to make Fayetteville Beautiful!
- "Fayetteville eyes gateway plan to ban some business" (The Fayetteville Observer - May 20, 2016)
- "Gateway Projects Making Fayetteville More Attractive" (City Press Release - May 2, 2016)
- "Tim White: First impressions matter: Our gateways need attention" (The Fayetteville Observer - April 3, 2016)
- "Our View: Our new gateways desperately need attention" (The Fayetteville Observer - March 31, 2016)
- "Inside Politics: Fayetteville council wants to do more to improve Murchison gateway" (The Fayetteville Observer - March 27, 2016)