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NCDOT: 'We're digging a hole the size of a basketball court; it's going to be huge'

Burnett Boulevard between Willard Street and Carolina Beach Road will remain closed through the end of 2017. (Source: WECT) Burnett Boulevard between Willard Street and Carolina Beach Road will remain closed through the end of 2017. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Burnett Boulevard between Willard Street and Carolina Beach Road will remain closed through the end of 2017.

The closure will allow crews to replace a 70-year-old concrete culvert with a new, larger culvert that will allow better drainage of excess water from Greenfield Lake.

"Thirty thousand cars use that route every single day," DOT Engineer Daniel Waugh said. "We shut down Third Street completely. We're going to dig a hole. It's going to be 50 feet wide, 10 feet deep and 150 feet long. It's going to be huge."

That's only the first phase of the project, which also includes rerouting utility lines before breaking up the existing culvert.

For now, if you're heading southbound, look for detour signs at Dawson Street, 16th Street, Shipyard Boulevard and Carolina Beach Road.

Drivers heading northbound will take Carolina Beach Road to Shipyard Boulevard and 17th Street to Wooster Street.

Traffic will also be restricted to trucks only on Front Street between Willard Street and Carolina Beach Road weekdays between 7 and 10 a.m. for southbound traffic, and between 3 and 6 p.m. for northbound traffic.

"On a bad scale of one to 10, with 10 being the worst, this is an 11," driver Phyllis Gibson said. "I hope they rethink this."

"Be patient. Give yourself some extra time," Waugh said. "People are starting to find their own way, finding a better way. We’ve looked at making some changes at some of the intersections and detours. We don’t have plans at this point, but we have been looking at it to make sure it’s not backing up so much that it’s causing too many problems.”

Drivers are urged to pay special attention to the travel times and detour information.

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