Streetscape/Gateway Information

The  Streetscapes and Gateways projects are designed to improve the City’s major roads and gateways, which are the main entrances to the City.  The major roadways throughout the City are where many businesses want to locate.  Some of the businesses have already invested millions of dollars (i.e. Mike Johnson Toyota, Nissan of Hickory, Holiday Inn Select, Lowes Foods, Walmart Neighborhood Market, 29 North Apartments, and Lowes Home Improvement in Viewmont), and others will make investments and add jobs as the City improves its major roadways.  The roadways and gateways are also the “curb appeal” of the City.  Improvements will benefit all travelers, encourage private investment, and show prospective business and residents that Hickory is vibrant and well maintained.

Amec Foster and Wheeler has been hired to design a gateway at Highway 321 and Highway 70.  The current Gateway plan consists of an artistic leaf structure, along with landscaping, at Highway 321 and 70.  The other Gateway will be placed at Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard and Interstate 40.  City Council has approved the Gateway plan at Hwy 321 and 70.  The LR Blvd. I-40 Gateway has not been designed yet.

There are multiple Streetscape projects. One will be on Lenoir Rhyne Boulevard between Highway 70 and Tate Boulevard.  Another Streetscape will be along Old Lenoir Road, which will connect the City Walk to the Riverwalk.

The Highway 321/70 Gateway design was completed in 2017.  Construction contracts for the US Highway 321/70 Gateway have been awarded to Southern Lawnscapes and Sign Systems, Inc. and the project is currently under construction.  Drawings for the steel leaf structure have been completed.  All quadrants of the interchange will receive landscaping improvements and are now ready for landscaping beds.

Additionally, the City installed 104 new Wayfinding signs that direct drivers throughout the City of Hickory to various locations, buildings, shopping districts, and more.  The Wayfinding signage helps to guide visitors, reminds locals, creates consistency in signage by projecting a branded community image, reduces sign clutter, and promotes safety.

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