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What’s the latest on a completion date for Waltmoor Road work?

Ken Little
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Waltmoor Road was closed to traffic on Jan. 15, 2015, to allow workers to install a large drainage pipe and work on the Gary Shell Cross-City Trail. The road has been closing periodically for infrastructure work since 2013. Photo by Si Cantwell

Waltmoor Road was closed to traffic on Jan. 15, 2015, to allow workers to install a large drainage pipe and work on the Gary Shell Cross-City Trail. The road has been closing periodically for infrastructure work since 2013. Photo by Si Cantwell

Q. Waltmoor Road is like a war zone and has been for a long time and the work seems very slow. I realize they ran into some issues. What is the exact date the contractor has been given to finish the work?

A. Construction began December 27, 2013, and should be complete this spring, city of Wilmington spokesman Dylan Lee said.

(A previous MyReporter answer says Cape Fear Public Utility Authority actually started work in October 2013.)

“The project has experienced significant delays due to the presence of previously unknown underground utilities,” Lee said.

The area was originally serviced by a private utility company and the information regarding the placement of lines “has proven be somewhat inaccurate,” he said.

The situation has led to “repeated instances” of workers hitting water and sewer lines, Lee said.

“When this happens, work is interrupted until repairs can be made. In addition, the plans must be revised to address the presence and location of the utilities,” Lee said.

Once the plans are revised, the city must submit them to the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority for approval before work can begin again. That is why work has appeared sporadic at times, Lee said.

In addition, so as not to disrupt the neighborhood again at a later date, the city was able to speed up the design of the new culvert under Waltmoor Road so it could be included it in this project.

“So, the project is bigger than originally planned, but a future project, and disruption, is now no longer necessary,” Lee said.

“The city regrets the inconvenience and is working to complete this project as soon as possible. In the meantime, we do appreciate the patience of the residents. It will be a major improvement when complete this spring,” he said.

The project, overseen by Barnhill Contracting Company on behalf of the city, includes:

  • The installation of sidewalks and bike lanes on Waltmoor and Bethel Roads.
  • New drainage improvements.
  • Repairs to the existing drainage system.
  • Resurfacing of Waltmoor Road, Bethel Road, and 17th Street.
  • Pedestrian improvements at the College Road and 17th Street intersection and the John. D. Barry and 17th Street intersection.
  • A new multi-use path on 17th Street from College Road to John D. Barry Drive.

RELATED LINKS:

Why is Waltmoor Road closed starting Oct. 29, 2013?

Why does the Wade Park section of the Cross-City Trail use sidewalks?

Why doesn’t the left-turn lane from College to Waltmoor have a flashing yellow signal?

 

 

 

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