Crews Begin Work On Cape Fear Blvd In Carolina Beach

Crews Begin Work On Cape Fear Blvd In Carolina Beach Featured

By / Local News / Wednesday, 10 December 2014 05:00

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - Crews began work on Cape Fear Blvd west of Lake Park Blvd earlier this week. The work is part of the Town of Carolina Beach's ongoing Phase 1A infrastructure project to replace aging water, sewer and storm water lines on Cape Fear Blvd on both sides of Lake Park Blvd. Once the project is completed, the road will be repaved and a new streetscape will be created with sidewalks and a multi-use path set off the roadside.
According to Gil DuBois - Operations Director for the Town - one crew from State Utilities Contractor and a crew from Southern Asphalt started work this week on Cape Fear Blvd. The crew will be starting work on a gravity sewer main that is located slightly on the south side of Cape Fear. They will attempt to start and do as mush work as possible while maintaining two-way traffic between Lake Park Blvd and 3rd Street on Cape Fear.
DuBois explained, "Southern Asphalt has milled the asphalt from the starting manhole on Cape Fear near the intersection of Lake Park and Cape Fear to 5th Street on Cape Fear. Asphalt milling will expedite the excavation, eliminate large chunks of asphalt and allow the work area to be less disruptive to the general public during this specific phase of the project."
He explained, "State Utilities and the town representatives have talked to each of the business owners or their appropriate representatives about the work in this specific phase of the project. State Utilities and the town will do as much work as
 possible without closing the road and may have to post this one block as one way if needed to allow safe traffic flow and allow the contractor safe working conditions."
Vehicle traffic was minor throughout the day with most vehicles traversing the area with little or no frustration.
DuBois explained, "Update on this area will be evaluated each day and update will be appropriately posted for notification to the emergency service, residents and the general public."
Other portions of the Phase 1-A project continue on Clarendon Avenue which is schedule for paving later this week. Crews encountered an unknown 2" inch water line in the area of 5th Street and are working to identify properties it serves.
On Canal Drive near the downtown Boardwalk, work continues to replace a 16" sewer main line.
DuBois said the Town is making every effort possible to allow access to boardwalk businesses and other locations in the area and roads in that area have been graveled and are drivable. Once the project is complete the roads will be repaved with a new streetscape design.

On December 10th, the Town posted a notice on their Facebook page. It stated, "In an effort to make sure that visitors to the Boardwalk can find parking during the construction, Raleigh St will temporarily be changed to 2-way traffic.  Visitors may travel down Raleigh from Lake Park Blvd to Canal St and turn right on Canal St.  Boardwalk Parking will be accommodated in the Parking lot north of the Gazebo.  Travelers will also be able to reach the parking lot from the intersection of Canal St and Harper Ave. The intersection of Cape Fear Ave and Canal St will be closed to traffic during from December 10th through December 17th.  As construction progresses these directions will change."

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