By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
CAROLINA BEACH - The Carolina Beach Town Council got some good news during their October 10th, meeting, roads included in an ongoing water, sewer and storm water project will soon be paved.
Operations Director Gil DuBois updated on the Council on the progress of the Phase-B infrastructure project including a new paving schedule. DuBois explained the contractor, T.A. Loving Co. is ahead of schedule and, "We've added a few things to the project due to pipe failure and some water line issues. They've actually revised the color phase map for Phase B and it will be available by noon tomorrow and posted on the Town's website. Currently the paving schedule for the week of October 16th to the 20th, the contractor... will start milling the entire width of the streets, removing soil, stone, etc, and install fabric and install stone on the following areas."
- Lake Park to 5th Street on Hamlet.
- 5th Street to Cape Fear to Harper.
- 3rd Street from Fayetteville to Hamlet.
- 4th Street from Fayetteville to Hamlet.
DuBois explained, "On Monday the 23rd, they will start paving the same identical areas and also include Monroe Avenue from 4th to 5th Street and all of that paving will be completed by October 27th."
He explained, "That's the current schedule for all the paving and everything we have on Phase B and then we will start on Charlotte Avenue and a couple of other places." Work on Charlotte Avenue will be in the area leading to the Marriott Hotel.
DuBois said the maps will be updated on the Town's website at www.carolinabeach.org and, "It's color coded and gives the estimated time it will start and the time of completion. We've revised that due to some of the work we have done and we are ahead of the original schedule we have with them. We've had some pipe failures and issues on Monroe Avenue between 5th and 6th Street. We've got those addressed. We are finishing up on a storm drain. We have some additional work on Harper Avenue where we had main line failure and some storm drains there running under private properties and other houses so we are moving those linesand trying to get all that cleaned up."
You can view the project map, schedule and other information by visiting www.carolinabeach.org and clicking on the box labeled, "Projects".
DuBois said, "Right now I know everyone is concerned about the paving and getting that done and that is the key focus. That and the driveways and sidewalks. We had a couple of issues last week where a contractor damaged a driveway or two. We got all that squared away. We met with the property owners and the contractor assumed responsibility for those and that has been taken care of."
In addition to replacing aging water, sewer and storm water lines, the project installs new storm drain systems along some streets, widens the roadway to 20' and includes replacing old sidewalks and installing new sidewalks on all East - West Streets from 5th Street to the Ocean.