Detailed project summary
Construction is underway on the Front Street Improvement Project. The $1.83 million project will upgrade utility infrastructure, create improved public spaces, and encourage more pedestrians to visit and enjoy Wilmington’s downtown. Contractor T.A. Loving of Goldsboro, NC, is expected to complete the project by July 30, 2010.
The streetscape project runs along N. Front Street from Market Street North to Chestnut Street, including work within those intersections. The first phase of the project will involve the block between Market and Princess streets. This is expected to wrap up in April. The second phase involves the block between Princess and Chestnut streets and is expected to wrap up by the end of July, 2010.
This project involves the replacement of aging water and sewer utilities, streetscape improvements, and upgrades to pedestrian amenities. The City worked extensively with downtown stakeholders and designers to create enhancements that are compatible with downtown’s historic character by incorporating appropriate street furnishings such as new lighting, waste receptacles, trees and bicycle racks. The design includes wider sidewalks with decorative brickwork and narrower intersections to better accommodate pedestrian activity.
As with most large construction projects, there will be substantial excavations within the street as well as demolition of the sidewalks. The City is working to minimize all disruptions to street and sidewalk traffic by working with the contractors to control the impacts from construction. It is expected that sewer service should be maintained and there will be minor disruptions to water service during the transfer process. No interruptions to electrical power are anticipated. To the extent possible, the work area will be cleaned up during major holiday weekends. Additional details regarding work activities and schedules will be provided as they become available. The City appreciates your input and looks forward to successful completion of this project.
Comments or questions can be directed to Dylan Lee, Project Liaison or call 910.341.4675.