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Front Street project begins

Part of Front Street in Downtown Wilmington is getting a facelift, but it could make it a little tougher to get around for a few months. Crews closed Front Street between Market and Princess Streets today to begin a $1.8 million streetscape improvement project, a joint venture between the city and the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority. The project will eventually expand to Chestnut Street. Crews will replace aging water and sewer pipes, sidewalks, crosswalks, lighting, traffic lights and landscaping. Businesses and sidewalks will remain open throughout the project, which the city says should wrap up in July. Visit the Front Street Project's web page for more information.

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Replacing old infrastructure is good

Replacing old infrastructure is good, though it should have been done long ago. But streetscaping?? This is only masking the real problem. Nobody is going to drive 30 minutes from Monkey Junction or Ogden to see your fabulous new trees or street furniture. Why doesn't the city work on creating a need for people to be downtown & then improve the public transportation to bring people downtown. Decorating your downtown should be a lower priority than finding ways to bring people downtown.

re: Replacing old infrastructure is good

A hearty amen. Nothing beats good old common sense.

Front Street "Improvement"

In 2007, the city had front street transformed into a two-lane road. Spent lots of money to do so. Now, just 3 years later they will tear up the street for water line imporvement, repave it again and add some trees. Why didn't they do the water lines then? What the city and CFPUA will not say is this is all for The View condos, so they will be able to be built and get their certificate of occupancy. Good job of masking the truth Wilmington. As a downtown business owner myself I am disgruntled, but even worse is there is nothing I can do about it.

How About?

How about fixing up Front Street from 3rd to the bridge? Those of us that drive this "road" regularly endure the shabby shape of this ignored stretch of road. Front St to the bridge is a pathetic excuse of a city street. It's a 3 lane street, is it impossible to utilize the 3rd lane while improvements are made?

How about

Dang paving Shipyard Blvd instead of wasting money on this other crap.