WILMINGTON, NC (WECT ) - Wilmington residents will notice some big changes downtown this week as crews work on the North Third Street improvement project.
Starting with construction Monday, people will be seeing a much more organized and open look to the Third Street area. Progress Energy crews will begin removing the remaining utility poles and overhead wires in the northern section of the North Third Street improvement project.
This should take one or two days to complete as poles in the southern section have already been removed.
The view on Third street will change significantly as the poles and wires are removed now that they are no longer needed because all utilities, including power lines, have been moved underground. once all the poles are removed, the project is expected to wrap up in two to three weeks as landscaping and street marking is completed.
The entire $10.4 million project involves new water and sewer lines, the placement of power and other utilities underground, new sidewalks, curbing, and pavement, as well as landscaping and other amenities, from Market Street to the Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway.
Another project update happening in the central business district-- the storm water improvement project is halfway complete. The aim of this project is to cut down street flooding and road wear and tear during heavy rains.
This improvement project has been the reason behind some road closures in the downtown business district. However, the improvements on Ann Street are now complete and that street has re-opened.
This project, funded out of the storm water maintenance budget, was completed in six weeks, well ahead of schedule.
While that portion of the project is finished, storm water work continues at the intersection of Front and Walnut Streets. This project is similar to the one on Ann Street and work will continue for several more weeks.
This Front and Walnut intersection is closed to thru traffic, but local businesses remain accessible.
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