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What’s the schedule for completing work at the intersection of Wrightsville Avenue and Independence Boulevard?

Ken Little

A contractor is currently working on the Wrightsville Avenue project, says N.C. Department of Transportation spokeswoman Jennifer Garifo.

“They will be completing all the water line and sewer line construction over the next few weeks. There will then be a small amount of storm drain work remaining,” Garifo says.

Once that work is done, “motorists should begin to see work on curbs and gutters and finally, the placement of asphalt,” Garifo says.

The original contractor on the road improvement project, Mainline Contracting Inc., of Durham, filed for bankruptcy in October, 2009. N.C. Department of Transportation resident engineer Wayne Currie says the contract required Mainline Contracting to provide a payment and performance bond that offered assurance to the DOT that if the contractor was unable to finish the project, the bonding company would complete it.

On Jan. 27, U.S. Bankruptcy Court allowed Hanover Insurance Co. to pursue completion of the project. S.T. Wooten Corp., based in Wilson, was named on March 1 by Hanover Insurance as the new project contractor.

Work began March 8.

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3 Responses to “ What’s the schedule for completing work at the intersection of Wrightsville Avenue and Independence Boulevard?”

  1. On March 20, 2010 at 8:52 pm nickie nimorwicz wrote:

    a disgrace this has been allowed to stay in this condition so long, the business owners are owed some kind of compensation, another time the city let’s it’s support system down, support being business establishment’s trying to bring commerce to the town

  2. On March 26, 2010 at 1:23 pm Charles wrote:

    I’m surprised so many other construction projects continued or began after this mess. We need to slow down on the new stuff (do we really need four lanes of Independence all the way to River Road?) and get all the current projects finished.

  3. On May 25, 2010 at 10:53 pm Bobby wrote:

    We do need 4 lanes on Independence at least to Carolina Beach Road, and then if the Skyway Bridge gets will need 4 from Carolina Beach Road to the bridge and beyond.

    (Plus, it needs to be extended north to MLK Pkwy, Kerr and College are congested enough)

    I really can’t stand this intersection, the traffic light is not synchroniized at all. I live 10 minutes from the mall and it seems like 8 of them are spent at the intersection of Wrightsville and Independence.

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