Towns get $1.27 million for street maintenance

First Posted: 1/15/2009

RALEIGH -- Twelve Robeson County municipalities will share more than $1.276 million in Powell Bill funds this year to pay for maintenance, repair, construction, widening and sidewalks on city-owned streets.
The funds, which come from revenues generated by the state gas tax and other highway user fees, are dispersed annually using a formula set by the state General Assembly: Seventy-five percent of the funds are allocated based on population and 25 percent are based on the number of city-owned street miles in each municipality.
Lumberton will receive $704,903.71. Red Springs will receive $117,380.23, followed by Fairmont at $100,595.96, Maxton at $91,373.67, Pembroke at $90,401.13 and St. Pauls at $78,530.21.
Rowland will receive $48,542.79, followed by Parkton at $18,578.80, Rennert at $11,452.75, Proctorville at $5,949.16, Lumber Bridge at $5,268.64 and Raynham at $3,202.89.
The funds are part of $130.2 million that the state Department of Transportation has allocated to be distributed to 503 municipalities across the state.
Charlotte led the state with $16.8 million, which was based on a 2001 population of 670,353 and 2,001.17 miles of city-owned streets. The smallest amount, $1,806.10, went to Spencer Mountain in Gaston County. That was based on a 2001 population of 50 and .37 miles of city-owned streets.
Fayetteville will receive the sixth highest amount in the state, $3.8 million, behind Charlotte, Raleigh at $8.3 million, Greensboro at $6.8 million, Winston-Salem at $5.9 million and Durham at $5.6 million.
The fund is named for Junius K. Powell, former mayor of Whiteville, whose name headed a list of legislators sponsoring 1951 legislation to help the state's municipalities deal with urban street problems. The first allocation of Powell Bill Funds was $4.5 million, which was distributed to 386 municipalities in 1951.

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