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Weldon is one of 10 municipalities across the state to receive assistance for bicycle and pedestrian planning through a grant awarded by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

The town will receive $35,000 for planning purposes through the Multimodal Planning Grant program, which is now in its 20th year.

The grant funds help towns develop a comprehensive strategy for expanding bicycle, pedestrian and transit facilities, as well as improve the safety of the state’s transportation network for all users.     

The planning grant initiative is jointly sponsored by NCDOT’s Integrated Mobility Division and the Transportation Planning Division. To date, approximately $8 million has been awarded for 254 plans in 248 municipalities and six counties through this grant program.   

Within the last decade, these plans have generated about 250 projects that were submitted for funding in the State Transportation Improvement Program, which are evaluated through the Strategic Transportation Investments program using a data-driven approach. 

Plans funded are not for one specific project but represent a comprehensive strategy for expanding bicycle, pedestrian, and transit opportunities within a given municipality. These plans address facilities, programs and policies that encourage safe walking and bicycling and transit accessibility.