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Editorial: Many Projects Have Improved Our Area In Recent Years

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

It has been a long frustrating process dealing with traffic issues during the Snow's Cut Bridge rehabilitation project. The project started in 2012, took a break for a summer and then returned with lane closures and a tight drive between orange traffic barrels. The project is creeping towards final completion with only some minor odds and ends to address such as replacing medians at either end of the bridge, painting lines and an inspection with lane closures this week.
Now the bridge looks great and has a new lease on life. That's an improvement for the entranceway to our beautiful Island. Special thanks to the Federal Government and State of North Carolina for taking care of our bridge.
Carolina Beach and Kure Beach have enjoyed increased attention in recent years from the State Department of Transportation. Dow Road was widened and resurfaced with the addition of turn lanes at major intersections. That helped improve driving conditions and pedestrian safety. Down Town Kure Beach is getting new sidewalks along a portion of K Avenue. That project is still ongoing, but once completed it will be a welcome improvement.
Thanks to the Town of Kure Beach for the wonderful improvements in their downtown district. A new oceanfront park and total makeover of their main street by putting utility lines underground, new sidewalks and other improvements.
The Carolina Beach Boardwalk continues to see improvements. The Town recently completed some infrastructure work in that area and the Boardwalk Gazebo is getting a total makeover. A project to replace the wooden oceanfront boardwalk is on the way and will be a elcomed improvement.
Carolina Beach is also moving forward with a large-scale project to replace old water and sewer lines throughout residential areas in Town and just completed a project to replace lines at the intersection of Cape Fear Blvd and Lake Park Blvd. There were some delays due to unforeseen issues, but it was done by Easter weekend. Hopefully this time next year we'll see a new Hampton Inn and Suites going up at the Boardwalk and a new Harris Teeter on Lake Park.
Lots of positive things happening.