Mayor Nancy McFarlane was the featured speaker at the June 9, 2016, groundbreaking ceremony for the Hillsborough Street Renewal Project, Phase II. She was joined by Council Member Kay Crowder, North Carolina State University Chancellor Randy Woodson, Hillsborough Street CSC Executive Director Jeff Murison, and David Moser, owner of Pipeline Utilities Inc., the general contractor for the project.
During the ceremony hosted by the City of Raleigh at the intersection of Hillsborough Street and Concord Street, the Mayor expressed her excitement about this long awaited project of one of Raleigh’s oldest and heavily traveled streets.
“City investments in projects like the Hillsborough Street Renewal are essential to the city’s continued success,” said Mayor Nancy McFarlane. “Better streetscapes, improved traffic flow, and public art enhance the attractiveness of the area and exemplify what you can expect in Raleigh.”
In the Mayor’s speech, she expressed the growth of the City, and the importance of safety has been key to the goals of the project. These goals are to improve safety for all travelers, accommodate bicycles and pedestrians, reduce vehicular speeds and revitalize corridor, to make Hillsborough Street an even more desirable place to work, shop, dine and live.
Council Member Crowder spoke to the street’s impressive history. Hillsborough Street is one of the original streets outlined in the 1792 City Plan, drawn by William Christmas, is home to North Carolina State University, founded in 1887, and has the distinction of being the location of North Carolina’s largest anti-Vietnam march, held on the street in the 1970’s.
Chancellor Woodson spoke about the great partnership between the university and the City of Raleigh. He also made special note of the benefits that have already been seen from Phase I, including the reduction of car and pedestrian accidents, the increased foot traffic and the increased commercial investment on Hillsborough Street.
Hillsborough Street Community Service Cooperation Executive Director Jeff Murison shared the appreciation of Hillsborough Street property owners, merchants and residents to the City. “We deeply appreciate your commitment to our street, and we are likewise committed to maintaining it as a clean, safe and dynamic destination in Raleigh,” he said.
The owner of Pipeline Utilities David Moser expressed the company’s excitement at being part of such a wonderful project but also noted that the project will not be easy. “If anyone tells you that this will be an easy project, they don’t know what they are talking about,” Mr. Moser said. “However, we have assembled a team that has vast experience in dealing with the complexities of a project like this.”