Raleigh, N.C. — Voters spoke with their wheels Tuesday, passing a $75 million bond issue that will help widen and upgrade more than a dozen Raleigh streets in the coming years.
With all but two of the city's 109 precincts reporting, the bond won by a margin of 70 percent to 30 percent, according to unofficial results.
The roadway improvements include widening Buck Jones, Mitchell Mill, Sandy Forks, Pleasant Valley, Tryon, Old Wake Forest, Rock Quarry, Blue Ridge and Poole roads. Also, improvements to Hillsborough Street, Six Forks Road, New Hope Church Road, Blount and Person streets downtown and New Bern Avenue.
Sidewalk upgrades and some traffic-calming projects also are part of the bond.
The bond will raise local property tax rates by 1.12 cents per $100 of valuation, adding about $16 to the annual tax bill for the owner of a $150,000.