Part of Front Street back open to traffic
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Front Street between Market and Princess Streets in Downtown Wilmington is back open to traffic. The area reopened to foot traffic April 9. During that time you could find many people enjoying the open street. Now that car traffic is back, the games have ended.

The owner of Momentum Surf and Skate is glad construction was done in a timely matter. He thinks it looks great, but he misses the days of no cars.

"I think it would bring a lot of business downtown if they put some posts up right here at the intersection; block traffic off from 5 p.m. Fridays on to Sunday evenings," Hunter Ford. "The availability of people to have some tents set up just really generate that kinda Charleston vibe that I thought the city was trying to go after."

The city says the rest of the Front Street project should be done by late July.

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Wow - it looks really nice. I didn't come downtown just to shop very often, but it looks a lot more inviting. I only hope our residents, visitors & the city can keep it looking this nice. Wouldn't be surprised if this improves business -- sidewalk cafes, etc. -- really nice.

The businesses of the 100 block of North Front Street now need our support! The project is far from complete -- the businesses in the block between Princess and Chestnut really need us, as they're worried that tourists may not know they're open!

I really am beginning to think that our traffic patterns and decisions are being made by Cletus the hillbilly yokel from the Simpsons. A four way stop at the intersection of Market and Front is a logistical nightmare. People do not know how to stop at stop signs let alone figure out who goes next and don't even get me started on the now two-way traffic on Ann Street between Third and Fifth. Way to go!!!!