The Front Street Improvement Project began on January 4.
The $1.8 million project is a joint effort between the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority and the city. The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority will replace aging water and sewer pipes and the city will enhance the streetscape with new sidewalks, crosswalks, lighting, traffic signals and landscaping in a two-block area of Front Street between Market and Chestnut streets.
Both projects are being done at once to minimize disruptions to businesses and traffic. Businesses and sidewalks will remain open throughout the project. The project is expected to be completed in July 2010.
Work will begin at the Market/Princess Street intersection and move north. Vehicular and pedestrian access at all intersections will remain open throughout the project. Beginning at 6 a.m. on Monday, Front Street will be closed between Market and Princess streets (the 00 block) as well as a portion of the block between Market and Dock streets. The closure between Market and Dock is expected to last about one month. The closure of the block between Market and Princess streets is expected to last approximately three months. Portions of the Market and Princess Street intersections will remain open for traffic.
Read the entire press release.
Visit the Front Street Project page on the city's website for more information about the project.