Golden LEAF Foundation awards $1 million for Blounts Creek Stream project

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North Carolina Construction News staff writer

The Golden LEAF Foundation board awarded $1 million in funding to the City of Fayetteville for the design and construction of the Blounts Creek Stream enhancement project, a key piece of the Russell-Person Street Bridge replacement, work aimed at enhancing local infrastructure and environmental sustainability.

The Russell-Person Street Bridge was heavily damaged by fire in downtown Fayetteville on Dec. 25, 2023. The City of Fayetteville planning improvements to its storm drainage network and potentially reconstruct the banks of Blounts Creek which could alter the design of a new bridge. NCDOT officials and the City are working together on the design process.

“The Golden LEAF Foundation was entrusted by the N.C. General Assembly to implement a program for local governments seeking to mitigate flooding in their community,” said Golden LEAF President, Chief Executive Officer Scott T. Hamilton.

The State of North Carolina appropriated $25 million to the Golden LEAF Foundation specifically for the Flood Mitigation Program. The Golden LEAF Board of Directors awarded $7.7 million for 10 projects under the Flood Mitigation Program.

“We are pleased to support the City of Fayetteville with stream enhancements including floodplain benching and bank stabilization to increase flood storage capacity throughout sections of Blounts Creek helping homes and businesses to be removed from the floodplain to reduce incidents of flooding,” said Hamilton.

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