Cape Fear Blvd Project Delayed Again

Cape Fear Blvd Project Delayed Again Featured

By / Local News / Wednesday, 13 May 2015 04:00

Council Wants It Finished Before Busy Memorial Day Holiday Weekend

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH -  The Phase 1A infrastructure project in downtown Carolina Beach has fallen behind schedule due to weather and other unforeseen issues.
A portion of the project on Cape Fear Blvd between Lake Park Blvd and 3rd Street was set for completion by May 15.  Now delays will push that date closer to the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Gil DuBois - Public Utilities Director for the Town - explained at the Council's Tuesday May 12th, meeting, "Due to this inclement weather we've had for the last couple
of days  with rain, wind and everything else, we are currently about five days behind schedule."
DuBois said they originally planned to begin paving that section of road on Tuesday and did begin pouring concrete for the curbs. He said, "The goal is still to have that paved and be out of there by Memorial Day. Talking to the contractor twice today, we feel like we can get that accomplished next week without any problem."
DuBois said the curb is the foundation of the road and they are pushing the contractor but can't do anything about the weather.
Mayor Dan Wilcox said, "Have they increased their hours, weekend work, whatever, to make up for the weather because Memorial Day is not really an option. We have to be finished before Memorial Day."
DuBois said, "They actually did increase their crews. They have increased their hours." He said if it's pouring rain you can't pour concrete or grade the road bed.
He said that section of road would be paved within six days.
Councilman Steve Shuttleworth complimented DuBois on the work that was recently completed on Cape Fear Blvd near the Boardwalk area and on Canal Drive including new wider sidewalks, paving and other improvements.
The Phase 1-A project was approved to replace aging water, sewer and storm water lines  as well as implementing a new streetscape plan to improve pedestrian areas. The project will also relocate overhead utility lines underground to help improve the visual appeal in the area.
For daily updates on the project, visit www.carolinabeach.org

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