OPERATION GRIDLOCK: Burnett Boulevard closure affecting traffic flow

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Closures on 3rd Street and Burnett Boulevard are affecting drivers especially during rush hour traffic.

The Department of Transportation blocked off the area early this morning. The road will remain closed for the rest of the year.

On one side of the road closure at Burnett Boulevard, traffic backs up at every red light on Carolina Beach Road. The other side of the road on 3rd Street is a different story.

“I’ve seen a lot more traffic coming from Greenfield,” Bartender at the Harp Kim Dorsey said.

Kim Dorsey is a bartender at The Harp. Even though the traffic on 3rd Street is almost non-existent behind the closure, Dorsey hopes the traffic on greenfield street continues.

“We’re still having cars drive by and hopefully that continues,” Dorsey said.

Meanwhile, the owner of Performance Cycles Joe Petersen said he is preparing for several months of back ups right outside his storefront.

“Customers have already called,” Petersen said. “First call this morning was a customer wanting to know how the new traffic pattern would affect getting in here.”

Petersen said it will not affect getting into his shop, but the closure is definitely going to affect your commute.

“No one really thinks about, you know, they said Burnett Boulevard, but no one realizes that Burnett Boulevard continues up there,” Petersen said. “They kind of think that’s 3rd Street still. Unfortunately, the traffic has increased a little bit.”

While the DOT works to replace a 70-year-old culvert, both drivers and business owners on this side and that side are hoping 2018 comes a little faster.

“Hopefully things will be a little ahead of schedule, they’ll surprise us and open it early,” Petersen said.

“We’re not really sure what to expect,” Dorsey said.

South Front Street, between Carolina Beach Road and Willard Street, will remain open to all traffic except between the morning and afternoon rush hour. Between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., only truck and school buses will be allowed to head south on South Front. Between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., only trucks and school buses will be allowed to head north on South Front.

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