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Residents can expect to see changes in Wilmington soon

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - There will be several changes for City of Wilmington residents in the following weeks as the city prepares for pavement, trash pickup and downtown signs projects.

Here are a few details to pay attention to, in order to avoid traffic congestion and construction:

The city has purchased 20,000 large, wheeled recycling carts that will be delivered to customers Nov. 12- Dec.1.

The larger recycling containers are needed because the city will begin picking up recycling every other week starting Jan. 7, 2012, rather than every week. The carts were bought at $1.1 million, but they will save the city $220,000 a year-- so after 5 years, the city will make up for the cost and start saving hundreds of thousands each year.

Trash and yard waste will still be picked up weekly. The carts are free of charge to customers who participate in the city's voluntary recycling program and there is no change in pickup fees or pickup days.

The carts will be delivered just in time for the holidays when recycling is heaviest. Weekly recycling pick-up will continue until Jan. 7, 2013, when the new every-other-week schedule begins.

Parkway Drive will be closed beginning Tuesday through November 28th as implementation of the city's 5-year Improvement Plan continues. The street will receive a complete facelift, with the existing road foundation being excavated and replaced before being repaved.

Parkway Drive runs next to Hugh MacRae Park and is often used as a cut through from College Rd. to Oleander Dr.

Based on the success of a recently completed pilot program, the city will install pavement markings in the first block of South Front Street beginning Tuesday, Nov. 13, weather permitting. To minimize disruptions, the work will be done over several days from 7-10 a.m. each day.

In September, the city installed pavement markings indicating "Taxi Only After Midnight" to parking spaces in the 100 block of North Front Street (between Market and Princess Streets). The goal of the project was to keep drivers from parking in designated parking spaces that are reserved for taxis after midnight when they are most needed as bars close.

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