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Hillsborough Plans Churton Street Beautification

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HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. — Clusters of quaint shops and hints of whimsy dot downtown Hillsborough. But to draw more people into town, leaders want to revamp the Churton Street corridor on the outskirts of town.

"Each of the districts along the corridor has unique characteristics. That's we'd like to see enhanced, played up and retained," said planning team member Cathleen Turner.

Lushly landscaped roadways and green medians are part of the vision. Also, residents have complained the gateways to downtown are cluttered with unsightly signs, so planners are working on sign regulations.

Burying utility lines is also up for consideration. However, traffic is what's on most people's minds.

"We need to keep it moving so people don't get agitated," said Hillsborough resident Jim Grossnickle.

Cutting down on congestion is one of the main goals. Planners said they hope to do that by taking out some traffic lights and putting in modern day roundabouts. Five proposed roundabouts are slated for the southern and northern ends of Churton Street.

"It really will help with the traffic flow along the corridor and also reduce accidents," said Turner.

A public hearing is scheduled for next month on the plan. The town board could vote on it this fall.


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