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Construction to begin on widening a heavily traveled highway, if approved

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City leaders plan to give the approval on a project that has been seven years in the making to help alleviate traffic. City leaders plan to give the approval on a project that has been seven years in the making to help alleviate traffic.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – After nearly eight years, the city of Wilmington will move ahead with a project to help alleviate traffic within the city limits.

Wilmington City Council members will vote on a project with a price tag of $5.6 million dollars on Tuesday.

The project will expand Randall Parkway from Independence Boulevard to South College Road. It was designed to alleviate heavy congestion that regularly occurs between Kerr Avenue to South College Road and add capacity for future traffic growth.

"It's going to be absolutely phenomenal for the community and for those traffic patterns in that particular area," said Mayor Bill Saffo. "It's something we've been working on for the last seven years."

The project will also extend the Cross City Trail from Brailsford Drive to Marlboro Street.

If approved, the construction contract would be awarded to Sealand Contractors Corp. of Charlotte. They are the same contractor working on the North 3rd Street Improvement Project.

City council will meet on Tuesday. If approved, construction is expected to begin later this fall.

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