DOT to hold meeting on closing S. 3rd Street for months

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Submitted: Thu, 04/11/2013 - 3:28am
Updated: Thu, 04/11/2013 - 12:19pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Department of Transportation is considering a $2.4 million project that would shut down part of 3rd Street in Wilmington.

The DOT says it needs to replace an aging pipe under 3rd Street and South Front Street. The StarNews reports the project would shut down 3rd Street from six to nine months.

“Obviously we were shocked with the news that the road in front of our business may be shut down,” said Margaret Jennings, owner of the Harp.

The project would begin in fall 2014 and wrap up in spring 2015, the DOT said.

Business owners were surprised to learn about the future closure, but Jennings says her business will be able to get through this challenge.

“When we came into this area, there were many challenges facing us that we overcame, and this may be one more challenge we have to overcome,” Jennings said.

DOT Division Bridge Program Manager Amanda Glynn told the StarNews that the DOT has been talking about this plan for a while and the department is finally able to put those plans into action.

“If repairs need to be made, we are not the first business to face this challenge,” Jennings said. “You have to be realistic about these situations.”

During construction and the closure of 3rd Street, drivers would have to detour from Shipyard Blvd. to 16th and 17th streets and then to Dawson and Wooster streets.

“You have 4th Street one block away. You can come up Greenfield and up 4th Street, so we hope that would work out for us,” Jennings said.

The pipe the DOT will replace was damaged during Hurricane Floyd in 1999. The StarNews reports the intersection of 3rd Street, Front Street and Carolina Beach Road had to be closed for several days and caused traffic on 16th and 17th streets to increase 150 percent.

If you are concerned about the shut down, you have a chance for your voice to be heard. The DOT is holding an information workshop April 18 at Wilmington Council Chambers from 5 to 7 p.m.

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2015 years 8 months ago

They say “Months” in anticipation of rupturing gas lines heather and yonder along the way. Henceforth…”Months”. You’ll see.

2015 years 8 months ago

Why months to replace one pipe? It could probably be accomplished in a week’s time with the proper planning and contractor coordination and commitments. I don’t understand why these projects get dragged out for so long.

2015 years 8 months ago

I read somewhere that DOT is aware that a large amount of road bed has eroded under this area of Burnett/421/3rd St.
Its also an area that floods pretty hard.

I’ll give DOT the benefit of the doubt on this one


2015 years 8 months ago

That section of road is not 3rd St but actually Burnett Blvd. Burnett ends at Willard St and that is where 3rd St begins.

2015 years 8 months ago

Another road project at a very busy intersection.
The DOT has done a commendable job lately with informing the general public about these projects and most of them have been on time and with little hassle.
I would hope that after this project is done that the city (state or county) does not have to come by within weeks to dig up the freshly poured asphalt for some connection problems.
To me there is nothing worse than to see brand new pavement being dug up for that sort of stuff.


2015 years 8 months ago

Vog, it seems to be the norm in these parts to dig trenches across newly paved asphalt on roads to lay more pipe or whatever. Seems they never can get it together.

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2015 years 8 months ago

I thought they had methods now to reline the inside of drain pipes without having to dig them up. If there is, I suppose it would be too inexpensive and the contractors/politicians would not squander enough taxpayer dollars.

2015 years 8 months ago

If this project was in the Raleigh area they would work on it 24/7 to get it done. With this being a major intersection I would hope the same would apply here also.

Front street can’t handle all the traffic. I also bet they plan on closing it there also.

2015 years 8 months ago

What’s with all the negative comments on here? This was just an article notifying and preparing the public about a future project that is going to happen. Would you rather drive over the affected area and be a victim of a collapse? I don’t understand. Where else are you going to go except be detoured? Just plan your route accordingly. Seriously? This is not a perfect world and it doesn’t revolve you or me. I am sure just like you that if they could snap their fingers and have this magically done they would.

2015 years 8 months ago

I was thinking just the opposite. I know the 3rd Street project the city just finished was a combination of utility and street improvement, and my neighborhood in College Acres is getting paved in conjunction with drainage improvements. It’s my understanding that this project involves a different part of 3rd Street – much south of Market Street.

2015 years 8 months ago

I believe 3rd St has already been cut in some locations.
I don’t recall th exact locations or projects but it just seems to me that as soon as they’re done someone is cutting it


2015 years 8 months ago

This Will occur at the intersection of Carolina Beach road/3rd street/Burrnent Blvd/S. Front….

If you happen to notice there is a storm drain/Man hole at the beginning of Carolina Beach road, that tends to “back up” during High tide on the River, or High occurrences of Rain fall.

Hmm a *detour* meaning 99.9 of the Tractor Trailer traffic will be shifted to go down Shipyard from the State Port’s THROUGH, ILM “else where”, tying up traffic WORSE than it is already…
UNLESS, the Little creek that runs “under” 3rd & Front from greenfield Lake is in DANGER of “collapsing”, Which is assuredly NOT, I’d say leave the dern thing ALONE…
This is yet ANOTHER part of the *BEZZEL*, Shovel ready JOBS Project(s), dig one hole, fill the one behind you, type thing…
I can start to feel My home NOW cracking at the foundation(s) from some Tractor Trailer traffic from the State Ports…(between 3am & 6am)
Will DOT Move Me & My family because of noise/quaking OVERLOAD?
Will DOT pay My landlord for the House Foundation breaking up?
This Folks is MY valid Question…

2015 years 8 months ago

Contract this out to the Chinese they will have it done in a few days!!!