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Returning to brick roads causes concern, generates excitement

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Wilmington returning to brick roads naturally. Wilmington returning to brick roads naturally.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The City of Wilmington is hoping to return some parts of the area back to its historic look. To achieve this look, the city has stopped repairing pavement on roads in the historic district that have brick underneath them.

City spokesman Dylan Lee said there's been a growing demand for the historic district roads to return to brick, so they are going to let it happen naturally.  

"We're allowing the bricks very slowly to be visible without any cost or expense and slowly return some of these streets to brick streets," Lee said.

Lee said the city has no money to remove the pavement so they are going to let it happen organically.

Wilmington native, William Boykin said he likes the idea of brick roads, but worries about the damage to his car as he is forced to navigate on uneven surfaces.   

"While the city's waiting for this road to deteriorate completely, it's constantly costing the tax payers money cause they're having to do car repairs, buy new tires," Boykin said.

"We don't know how long it will take," Lee said.

However, George Edwards, Director of the Wilmington Historic Foundation said he's excited about the idea.

"I think it's a great plan," said Edwards. "In fact I wish we could be a little more pro-active. These brick streets and granite curbs are some of the best defining characteristics of our historic city."

The city recommends slowing down during this turnover. The city said safety is more important than aesthetics, so if there is a major pot hole they will repave the pavement to keep everyone safe.

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