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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Beginning Monday, part of Water Street in downtown Wilmington will be closed.

The closure will not only affect the flow of traffic, but may also hamper area businesses.

The Coast Guard exploratory excavation will help determine what repairs need to be made to the Riverwalk bulkhead in front of the Federal Courthouse.

The testing will shutdown the southbound lane of Water Street between Princess and Market streets. Traffic cannot pass through between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The project is expected to last several weeks and will force some events to relocate.

"We are sad to leave this location for a couple of weeks, because we finally have established the market over the last few months, and we've had a really good turn out," said Suzette Hawley, who coordinates the Sunday Downtown Historic Marketplace.

Hawley says the business vendors generate on the waterfront will take a hit.

"I am expecting it to be quite a drop-off," she said.

For the next few weeks the market will move a few blocks away to Bailey's Theater Park. During that time organizers say the will try to steer potential customers in their direction.

"We are going to actually have some signs down here to direct traffic up there and also along Front Street to direct people," Hawley said.

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