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Why is the Third Street construction taking so long?

Ken Little

Work continues on the Third Street improvment project Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. Photo by Mike Spencer

The North Third Street project is slated for completion in November or December, city of Wilmington spokesman Dylan Lee said.

Lee said the scope of the $9.4 million project is extensive, involving new water and sewer lines, the placement of power and other utilities underground, new sidewalks, curbing, and pavement, in addition to landscaping and other amenities, from Market Street to the Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway.

The original September completion date has been delayed “due to a number of reasons, including the discovery and removal of unanticipated underground storage tanks that were not documented in any way, the discovery and removal of an underground shelter adjacent to the project, and the discovery of additional underground utility needs on some of the streets crossing 3rd that could best be addressed while the construction was taking place,” Lee said.

Crews addressed the additional needs on top of the original project scope, “all while keeping Third Street open to traffic.

To watch a brief video about the project, click here.


StarNews: Underground discoveries slow Third St. project

When will the left turn arrow be turned back on at Market and Third streets?

I notice that people who live on Third Street (and other streets downtown) have to park on the street. They don’t have garages – or room for them. When the houses were built, did people have horses? Where did they keep them?


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