Upcoming Closure of River Road between Raleigh Street and Sunnyvale Drive
A six-month closure of River Road will begin in September so crews can replace a large drainage culvert beneath River Road. The culvert, located just south of Raleigh Street, was originally damaged in 2017 and failed again during Hurricane Florence. Temporary repairs and paving have allowed the road to remain open in the meantime while planning for this replacement. The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority is contributing $885,000 of the total project cost of $1.37 million because it involves the relocation of a force main sewer line. The work will be performed by Trader Construction of New Bern.
Due to the large volume of traffic affected by the detour, a temporary signal will be installed at the intersection of Carolina Beach Road and Sunnyvale Drive, to accommodate northbound traffic turning left onto Carolina Beach Road. This signal will be installed by September 20. It will then flash until September 27, and the road will be closed starting Sept. 30.
Note: This is one of several large repair projects the city is undertaking this summer in the next phase of efforts to repair damages to streets, sidewalks and drainage systems across the city that were damaged during Hurricane Florence. After initial repairs were made following the storm, the city had to get federal inspection and approval for all of the identified repairs for reimbursement of funds before work on this second phase of repairs could begin.