A first-of-its kind street project in Fayetteville is expected to beautify the area and improve the health of a creek.
Two blocks of Person Street are being transformed into what city officials call an "innovative stormwater greenscape." The section from the roundabout at Cool Spring Street to the bridge over Blounts Creek near Old Wilmington Road and B Street will become Fayetteville's first "green street."
The project is expected to help the environment by making it more likely that rainwater soaks into the ground rather than running into the creek.
William Hunt, a professor and extension specialist in North Carolina State University's Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, said other cities in the state will be inspired by the effort.
"It's the first extensive green street in North Carolina," he said. "The project is going to be the standard bearer for the rest of the state."