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City says 3rd Street will be ready for Azalea Festival


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The City of Wilmington says work is on track to have 3rd Street ready through Grace Street in time for the Azalea Festival. The city says all traffic control will be removed, and the full road will be open for the Azalea Festival parade on April 14.

The overall project timeline has been extended to account for obstacles encountered in the southern blocks of the project, including underground storage tanks and an underground vault at the intersection of Market and 3rd Street, as well as the construction of an underground vault for Progress Energy at the corner of Princess and 3rd streets. The expected completion date has been extended from the end of August to Oct. 29. The final two months of work will include street paving and landscaping and crosswalk installation.

The city says the project is still within budget.

The $9.4 million joint project between the city and the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority includes the replacement of aging water and sewer lines, the placement of power lines underground and new pavement, sidewalks, crosswalks, traffic signals and landscaping on North 3rd street from Davis Street south to Market Street.

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