KURE BEACH, NC (WECT) - The town of Kure Beach kicked off a three-month-long project to bury the town's power lines underground.
The area of K Street, near the Kure Beach Pier, will be power line free by March.
Town Clerk Nancy Avery says the project will make Kure Beach more aesthetically pleasing to tourists, but the project is also practical.
The businesses on K Street have experienced power blackouts because of their location in a high wind speed area. By burying the lines underground, they risk less chance of losing power and business.
Duke Energy has estimated the project will cost $170,000. Avery says if the town council knew the cost would have been so reasonable, they would have started the project a long time ago.
The town of Kure Beach completed an ocean front park in 2013. Avery says she would like the rest of Kure Beach to match the look of their brand new park that has become popular with tourists and residents.
While the project is ongoing, K Street, toward the Kure Beach Pier, will be closed. Businesses will have to close for six hours when Duke Energy begins to cut off the power lines and transfer power underground.
The town will also lose two parking spaces for transformers once the project is completed.
Avery says she has not heard of another beach town in our area working on such a project and she hopes it will draw tourism to Kure Beach and its downtown area.
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