Construction work on Wrightsville Ave. at a stand-still

Reported by Kristy Ondo - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The intersection of Wrightsville Avenue and Independence Blvd. in Wilmington has looked like a work-in-progress for some time.

Torn up driveways, orange construction barrels, and half-finished stop lights show signs of work, but the progress appears to have stopped.

Local store manager Joann Overby of Judy's Sewing Room said construction began in April, but has since started to fizzle over the summer months.  Now, she says the intersection is a mess.

The Department of Transportation has written a formal letter to Mainline Construction, the contractor hired for the project.  The DOT is concerned no work has been done on the area since the company filed for bankruptcy.

The project is 85% complete, but Overby said the last 15% is important to finish to keep customers.

Another construction project has been put on hold because the crew didn't have enough asphalt to do the job.  Workers are hopeful a shipment will arrive by Wednesday so they can repave a stretch of Kerr Avenue near Market Street.

Meanwhile, motorists who commute on 421 could experience some delays beginning Wednesday evening at 7:00.  DOT is scheduled to repave a stretch of 421 from Snows Cut Bridge to Carolina Sands.

Check out traffic delays before your morning commute by looking at the First Alert Traffic Cameras.

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