WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A Market Street widening project by the N.C. Department of Transportation will require nightly lane closures until late 2022.
“When I first heard this, I said, ‘Oh my God. This is going to be a nightmare’ because traffic on market has already gotten worse and the noise is worse,” said Tammy Campana, who has lived in the Ogden area for 22 years.
Campana lives off Lendire Road in the heart of the construction zone along a 2.3-mile stretch of Market Street to Mendenhall Drive.
Intermittent lanes closures will occur on Market Street through mid-November 2022. Lane closures will be restricted to 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., seven days a week, to minimize traffic delays.
Ogden resident Antonio Jenkins says he is keeping an open mind even though traffic could be a bit snarled.
“It’s going to be a thorn for us," Jenkins said. "On Market Street, you see a lot of accidents so if it helps to keep the road safe, then it will be an added benefit.”
The $6.5 million project will allow crews to install medians, concrete islands and turn lanes to make what the DOT calls a “Superstreet.”
Drivers are urged to stay alert, obey the posted speed limit in the work zone and allow for extra travel time, but if possible, seek alternate routes.
“If I go out to dinner, I am going to have to find a new route, so that’s gonna be a big inconvenience,” said Ogden resident Alexandra Harper.
The DOT says nearly 60,000 cars travel on the effected stretch of Market Street each day.