Dreary weather didn’t stop officials and residents from gathering Tuesday morning to celebrate the start of construction to revitalize the U.S. 301 corridor. “301 highway is going to come back thanks to Congressman G.K. Butterfield who helped us get that TIGER grant. This area will come back and businesses will thrive,” said Mayor Bruce Rose. “This side of town is going to go good, I can tell you right now.” In 2015, Wilson was awarded $10 million through a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant, which was paired with $6 million from the N.C. Department of Transportation and about $2 million from the city. S.T. Wooten is planning to survey the project this week and start construction next week to add raised medians, sidewalks and crosswalks along with improved stormwater systems from Black Creek Road to Lipscomb Road. Construction is slated to finish by January 2020. Butterfield said he considered the grant proposal, U.S. 301: Road to Opportunity, “the most comprehensive and compelling proposal” ever seen by federal transportation officials.