WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — For the rest of the year, a section of road many drivers use daily will close tonight and won’t reopen until 2018.
The NC Department of Transportation will close S. 3rd Street/Burnett Boulevard between Willard Street and Carolina Beach Road beginning at 9 p.m. The section of road will remain closed through Dec. 31.
The closure will allow crews to replace a 70-year-old concrete culvert with a new, larger culvert that will better drain excess water from Greenfield Lake.
Back in 2013, the DOT held a public hearing about work to replace a pipe at Greenfield Lake that would shutdown the area known as “The Crossover” for six to nine months. At the time, residents and commuters were worried about the impact such a long closure would have on traffic.
The City of Wilmington says drivers heading east will be detoured to Dawson Street, 16th Street, Shipyard Boulevard and Carolina Beach Road. Those heading west will be routed to Carolina Beach Road, Shipyard Boulevard, 17th Street and Wooster Street.
South Front Street, between Carolina Beach Road and Willard Street, will remain open to all traffic except between the morning and afternoon rush hour. Between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., only truck and school buses will be allowed to head south on South Front.
Between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., only trucks and school buses will be allowed to head north on South Front.
The DOT announced this closure back in January. The agency said then the existing culvert was damaged in Hurricane Fran back in 1996 resulting in placing steel plates over the top. The DOT also said in January it has offered the contractor an incentive of $200,000 if they can have the road reopened by November 5.