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Wilmington City Council approves North 3rd Street enhancement project

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- If you think North Third Street has been long overdue for a makeover, you're in luck. Wilmington City Council approved a resolution to improve the downtown road.

City council approved the enhancement project in hopes it will help improve the flow of traffic and make downtown a little prettier in the process.

“If you'll notice, the roads are in deplorable condition, especially right there in front of Cape Fear Community College, so improvement like that needs to happen in Wilmington,” said Hollis Briggs, who lives in Wilmington.

At a price tag of about $7 million , the project to improve North Third Street was funded through a 2006 bond referendum, according to project manager, Mike Kozlosky.

Briggs says he wants improvements to be made but hopes the project won't exceed the budget.

“If they don't have to increase taxes to make that project happen and if they don't have to have any more increases, then I’m all for it,” said Briggs.

Kozlosky says the improvements will be a collaborative effort between the city, CFPUA and the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

“The city will be building the street scape project, the utility authority will be replacing or relining the utilities under Third Street and the Department of Transportation has contributed the funds to resurface the road way,” said Kozlosky.

Kozlosky says the project will include landscaping, adding decorative traffic signals and street lighting, as well as re-paving the road. All utility lines will also be put underground. Kozlosky says the project is expected to last a little over a year and will happen in stages.

“We have a traffic control plan that would utilize closing one lane in each direction as well as some potential detours for construction,” said Kozlosky.

Kozlosky says that if everything goes to plan, the project is expected to start in July. He says he doesn't expect it to interfere with the Azalea Festival next year.

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3rd street

I have an alternative idea...
Dont spend the bond money so we dont have that debt.
and pass another bond to fix the d**n potholes/crumbling roads that are all over Wilmington... We have some of the worst maintained roads anywhere...

Bonds

Maybe you don't understand how bonds work - it's like a mortgage. You get the money upfront so you can buy your house, and the debt starts right away. Same with bonds. The city already has the money and the debt. The bond was approved for transportation projects in 2006 so this is it. Plus Third Street is not a city street, it's a state "maintained" road which I guess is why the city is working with the state on fixing it up.

3RD STREET

THIS CAN BE SOMETHING DONE EVERYWEHRE IN TOWN ANYWHERE CITY HAS ACCESS TO ALSO PLACES THEY TOOK OVER! WE PAY DOUBLE TAXES IN THE CITY ALSO SHOULD BE USED FOR ASSIGNMENTS SUCH AS IMPROVING STREETS, COMMUNITIES ETC.... TAXES WE PAY AND NOTHINGS DONE NEEDS TO BE DONE ALSO WERE ALL OVER DUE! IF I WAS ONE OF CITY COUNCILS OR MAYOR OF WILMINGTON; I WOULD NOT WASTE TIME GETTING THIS APPROVED OR NOT BECAUSE ITS WHAT TAX MONEY ARE FOR ALSO WITH COMMON SENSE; GET THINGS DONE AS WELL MOST OF YOU ARE REALTORS ON CITY COUNCIL SEATS DOING THIS TO GET AN APPROVAL IS A WASTE OF TIME! JUST GET ON GET THINGS DONE WITH OR WITHOUT APPROVAL BECAUSE ITS WHAT TAX DOLLARS ARE COLLECTED FROM CITIZENS OF WILMINGTON ARE FOR!!! CIAO

How many realtors are on

How many realtors are on city council?

First, please stop shouting.

First, please stop shouting. Your caps unlock key is on the lower left of your keyboard.

Second, you don't know what you're asking. Taxpayers deserve to know where their tax dollars are being spent, and they need to hold public officials accountable. I, for one, don't trust any elected officials to just shell out my money for any old thing they want.

My guess is you are either very young and don't understand the way things work, or you have on blinders.

crybaby

crybaby

we've been paying city taxes as long as any of those downtown

entities. It'd be nice to see a little sharing of the wealth once in a while. Our area hasn't city any city improvements for as long as I've been living here and we've got quite a laundry list by now... lessee, a few sidewalks would be nice, or a stop sign at our corner to slow down all the speeders that think our neighborhood makes a nice cut through to Oleander, Our little city park just had all of its picnic tables removed for some inexplicable, how about bringing those back? I could go on...

Not the right time

I don't think now is the time to enhance anything. How about just doing maintenance.

These type of things make me wonder if the real estate folks running this city aren't just trying to enhance their own intrests. How many properties does Saffo and his friends in the Biz have in this area?

3rd Street waste.

Well here we go again,spending money on projects when there are others that have not been completed. For the last several years the residents of Andover Road have been told that we were going to get chokers put down Andover Rd to SLOW traffic.But every time we bring this up to city council there is no money to do the project.How all of a sudden we can spend so much money on new projects when we have unfinished projects.
We had one fatality on this road so far.We have many people,old and young that walk down this road all the time how many more is it going to take till something is done.

FINISH PROJECTS THAT ARE ALL READY ON THE BOOKS BEFORE YOU START MORE.

How much will they allocate....

....for bizarre, unrecognizable lumps of metal that someone on the city council claims is "art?" They'll have to try hard to top the giant bowling pins that make people wonder what bowling had to do with the 1898 riots, or the collapsed, bent scaffolding on the corner of College and MLK.

Still, a friend is a friend and when a friend needs tens of thousands of dollars of taxpayer money to avoid having to get a real job, you and your buddies vote to get that friend some money!

"If they don't have to increase taxes...." IF???? Do you truly believe that the city council will pass up ANY justification at all to raise taxes? Once this starts the $7 million will grow to $11 million with all the crappola they will add on as a "critical part" or "unanticipated problem" relating to that project.

Perhaps they could simply resurface the road and recognize that North Third is a commercial corridor that people simply use to get from the North end of the county to Carolina Beach Road. Why even try to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear?

"Ooooh! Honey! Look at that GORGEOUS U-Haul and storage facility...and look - a winshield replacement business!"

You forgot another great icon....

That beautiful scooter shop with all the junk drunk bikes on display fit in nicely with bowling pins, U-Haul and auto detail bidness!

I agree, just pave North 3rd street to rid it of the mudd-bog track feel and be done with it. No need to waste money on "beautification". Approach that when the coffers are full.

cost

The project to improve North Third Street was funded THROUGH A 2006 BOND REFERENDUM, according to project manager.
I do not believe they can use the money for anything else as it a bond issue.

I don't want them to use it ANYWHERE

DOT will pay to resurface the road as that's a state maintained road.

Unless the bonds were uncallable and immune from sinking fund, retire the debt. We don't need to spruce up Third Street. For what it is, it doesn't look all that bad.