Kinston set to move forward with Queen Street Revitalization Project


The city of Kinston’s main street is getting a face-lift.

“Downtown is going to look like it’s got a fresh face on it,” said Tatiana Height, the community development planner for Kinston. “It’s going to look a lot more happening.”

The main artery that runs through downtown is Queen Street.

Starting next month, it will begin to undergo a revitalization.

It will happen as the state makes improvements to the road.

“Queen Street is actually a state road, and so they were already going to be doing some maintenance on their own,” said Height. “Since, they’re doing that we decided to work with them to get some additional improvements done at the same time.”

Those improvements will include repaving, changing the parking and adding trees.

“The award has been given to Charles Hughes Construction,” said Height. “They are here in Lenoir County.”

Height explained how the award and bidding process works.

“For the bid process, they have bid meetings where people have to come to bid on the project to make sure they comply with certain requests for the bid,” said Height. “Then, they submit those bids. The bids have a formal bid opening, and so after those bids have been reviewed by staff they go to city council. That’s what happened yesterday is those bids were taken to city council for them to make the final decision on what bid to accept.”

Height said the city council diverted millions of dollars to get the revitalization project completed this year.

“That money is coming from the city of Kinston,” said Height. “That money is $2.1 million that’s been diverted from the budget.”

During the project, at least one lane of traffic is expected to be open at all times.

The construction is anticipated to wrap in July.

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