Manager Says Work On Part Of Cape Fear Blvd Should Be Done By Friday

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By / Local News / Wednesday, 20 May 2015 04:00

UPDATE: Friday May 22nd: Curbs and gutter were finished by Friday. The road was not paved. Sidewalks were not completed.

 

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - Carolina Beach Town Manager Michael Cramer said Tuesday May 19th, that work on Cape Fear Blvd from Lake Park Blvd to 3rd Street will be complete by Friday for the Memorial Day weekend.
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 have pushed that date closer to the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
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.
Cramer Tuesday that, "We have grading, some curb and gutter, sidewalks and paving.  At this point we are focusing on the curb and gutter, grading and paving.  Those are the things that should be complete by Friday."
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." He 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 near the Boardwalk and on Canal Drive including new wider sidewalks, paving and other improvements.
Businesses located on that portion of Cape Fear Blvd are open for business although they are concerned how the project will impact business during one of the busiest holiday weekends of the year.
For example, loyal customers continue to shop at Sea Merchant's Grocery Store, but owners fear if the project isn't completed tourists will pass them by simply because it looks like a construction area. A sight that deters people from using the road to begin with.

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