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Third Street could close for construction again

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

A section of downtown Wilmington's Third Street may be getting a makeover - again.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation wants to replace an aging pipe that manages overflow from Greenfield Lake.

Amanda Glynn, the Division Bridge Program Manager, said, "Ever since the culvert was damaged by Hurricane Floyd in 1999, its been something the DOT has really been pushing."

She adds, "It's a huge undertaking. It's a huge expenditure, so we're finally at the point where we have the funding where we can attack this project."

In order to complete the project, part of 3rd. St. would have to be closed for several months in 2014.

The NC DOT also wants to improve pedestrian walkways and bicycle access as well.

Planners say the goal is to start construction in the fall of 2014 to avoid tourism and hurricane season.

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