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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Southport and Wrightsville Beach are among 13 municipalities across the state that will get help with bicycle and pedestrian planning, thanks to $390,000 in grants awarded this month by the NC Department of Transportation.

Both Southport and Wrightsville Beach will get $24,800, while each chipping in $6,200 in local money. The money will go toward pedestrian plans.

Now in its ninth year, the grant program helps North Carolina cities and towns develop a comprehensive overall strategy for expanding bicycle and pedestrian opportunities within a given community.

Recipients were selected from a pool of 20 applications by an awards committee composed of transportation planners from across the state, including representatives of both rural and municipalities, metropolitan planning organizations and councils of government.

These municipalities are expected to initiate the planning process this fall.

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