WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -- Work is set to begin the first week of August on improvements to the city's gateway on North 3rd Street. An informational meeting about the project will be held on Wednesday from 5:30–7 p.m. in City Council Chambers at City Hall for anyone who would like more information. The $9.4 million joint project between the city and the Cape Fear Public Utility involves the replacement of aging water and sewer lines, the placement of power and other utilities underground, and new street paving, sidewalks, curbs, crosswalks, lighting and traffic signals. Funding for the project includes $5 million from the 2006 transportation bond, $1 million from city construction funds, $2.4 million from the Utility Authority and $1 million from the state.
The affected area stretches from Market Street north to Davis Street. The 13-month project will begin the first week of August at Market Street and move north. Temporary lane closures can be expected and temporary traffic detours to side streets may be needed at some points during construction, especially during road repaving. Intersections will remain partially open whenever possible. Work will take place from 7 a.m.–6 p.m., Monday through Friday, with some night and weekend work as necessary. The city regrets any inconvenience this project may cause and drivers are asked to be patient while improvements are being made. For more information and project updates, visit wilmingtonnc.gov/North3rd.