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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — While the roads are busy right now, starting Monday drivers will no longer be able to make their way through the ‘crossover’ intersection.

The NCDOT expects the area of 3rd street between Greenfield lake and Willard Street to be blocked for about three weeks while crews relocate telephone lines.

Frequent drivers of this area will have to find a new route to work and some people aren’t too happy about it.

Mary Kay Gailor lives next door to The Harp and uses that road almost daily.
“We’re going to see a lot of road rage I think. A lot of people are gonna be, you know, late for work. Like I said, just a lot of headaches, but it’s good they’re doing this before the tourists come.”

A few students weighed in on it saying, “Well, there goes that route to Cape Fear Community College and school! Guess I’m gonna have to back track and spend some more time getting there.”

Another said, “I have to get up at 7 o’clock as it is, so I might have to get up at 6 or 6:20 just to get out of the door on time.”

For those finding a new way, the DOT recommends drivers to take Shipyard Boulevard from Carolina Beach Road, to 17th then down Wooster toward downtown.

The three week closing is only a preview of what is to come. The DOT is moving the telephone lines in preparation for a huge repair project approved in April 2013.

They plan to close the same area again for 6-9 months to replace a damaged pipe near Greenfield Lake.

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