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frontst300.jpg Submitted by Nadine Maeser on Thu, 02/18/2010 - 5:30pm.

It's hard to ignore the sight and sound of downtown Wilmington. The on-going construction projects are revitalizing Front Street, but some people say they've had enough of the mess. If you've walked or driven down Front Street lately It feels like you're in a maze, and it's still going to take a few more months for the project to be complete. New trees, new sidewalks, decorative street lamps and brick pavers along the pavement are being installed. Every day construction workers are digging up the roads. As a result, more streets are closed to drivers and pedestrians. Wilmington City Spokesperson Dylan Lee says the end product will be well worth the frustration, but our question is what will front street be like for the Azalea Festival in April? "It's likely one block, the second block of Princess and Chestnut will be under construction during the Azalea Festival," Lee said. "If that's the case, the sidewalks will remain open. Bear with us. It is a construction project." The Front Street project is expected to be finished by the end of July. Lee says a situation like this is a waiting game. Right now, the project is running on schedule. The city is in communication with the Azalea Festival. Lee says the closer they get to April, the more everyone will know what to expect.

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