Paving Complete On Portion Of Cape Fear Blvd

Paving Complete On Portion Of Cape Fear Blvd Featured

By / Local News / Wednesday, 10 June 2015 04:00

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - Crews with Southern Asphalt Company paved Cape Fear Blvd from Lake Park Blvd to 3rd Street on June 5th.
Area business owners and residents had become frustrated with the amount of time the road was torn up to replace aging water, sewer and storm water pipes.
The Town Council was told last month the road would be paved in time for the busy Memorial Day holiday weekend.
That date came and went with no paving and many sidewalk areas left unfinished. Town Manager Michael Cramer said the delays were due to unforeseen issues with older undocumented underground utility lines as well as poor weather conditions.
On June 5th workers began around 7AM in the morning putting down asphalt. By late afternoon the last load of asphalt was delivered.
Workers spread 300 degree asphalt under sunny temperatures taking breaks while waiting for the next truck to deliver more asphalt.
Steam rollers with hot water rolling from the large metal wheel crossed back and forth compacting the newly paved road.
Customers making their way down the sidewalk to shop at Sea Merchant's grocery story noted the road looked great often followed by the comment, "It's about time."
Cramer, eager to see the paving completed, visited the project throughout the day. He said after the road was paved crews would work to paint traffic lines, finish sidewalks and complete other work such as driveway cuts and utility boxes. A couple of days later the lines were painted and traffic was moving freely. Crews were working June 9th, to finish sidewalks in the area.
The work is part of the Phase 1-A project to replace aging water, sewer and storm water pipes as well as installing a new sewer force main, wider sidewalks and new landscaping. The project is current moving west along Cape Fear Blvd. Look for road closings online at www.carolinabeach.org

Photos: Willard H. Killough III

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