Portion Of Canal Drive Near Boardwalk Closed Until April 24th

Portion Of Canal Drive Near Boardwalk Closed Until April 24th Featured

By / Local News / Wednesday, 15 April 2015 04:00

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - A portion of Canal Drive in Carolina Beach was closed April 13th to permit the installation of sidewalks and repaving the road following work done as part of the Town's Phase 1-A infrastructure project.
 Canal Drive from Harper Avenue to Cape Fear Blvd was closed April 13th to all traffic. No thru traffic will be permitted including for businesses on the Boardwalk. The contractor, State Utilities, will begin forming the area for the installation of sidewalks and should complete the concrete by April 17th. Following that work, crews will begin the process on April 20th to prepare the road for a new layer of asphalt. Town officials anticipate the work being completed by April 24th and said they have spoken to business owners in the Boardwalk area in advance about the road closure.
During the Council's April 14th, meeting Gil DuBois - Public Utilities Director - explained, "We currently are forming up the section on Canal... All of the sidewalk on Canal is currently scheduled to be done by April 20th. Then they will pave. On this schedule it has May the
1st, but I'm looking at a little sooner than that but that's on the schedule as May 1st to be totally out of Canal all the way from Harper all the way up to Cape Fear."
He explained, "At the same time they will be starting to form up and work the section from Lake Park Blvd to 3rd Street in the area of Sea Merchants" grocery store. He said a problem with a 10 inch water line caused a delay but the issue was resolved. He explained, "Over the next couple of weeks we will see all of the sidewalks, curb and asphalt done in that section also. We have one section to cross on Lake Park. That will happen tomorrow night at 10PM. We will actually close Lake Park and do that intersection across and be a little south of Cape Fear. We plan to have all of the work finished by 4AM and have the road back open to traffic. We have paving scheduled by 9AM so we will still have two lanes of traffic until we get it paved."
He explained, "We still have a few things we have to do on 5th Street and touching up on Clarendon Avenue but we are trying to put this puzzle together one piece at a time."
Town Manager Michael Cramer explained earlier this month, "During construction on Cape Fear we have had several setbacks including finding underground water and sewer lines that we did not know about and weather delays due to poor conditions. Because of those issues I have granted Civil Works Contractors (CWC) a time extension on the project. The original substantial completion date was scheduled for March 13th. I have granted
CWC a 90-day extension so the new substantial completion date is June 13th. Liquidated damages for this work would not begin until after June 13th."
The ongoing Phase 1-A infrastructure project to replace aging water, sewer and storm water utility lines in Carolina Beach is now anticipated to be complete by May 15th.

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