WILMINGTON - A $22 million project to make improvements, including widening, to a Wilmington road is nearing its completion.
N.C. Department of Transportation contract crews are scheduled to do the final paving on Kerr Avenue Aug. 5 through Sept. 2, weather permitting. The work, that will require lane closures, will be done overnight, 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., due to the high volume of traffic and lane restrictions on the project.
Once the final layer of asphalt is complete, the pavement markings will be installed, and traffic will resume to its normal pattern.
The project was delayed due to utility conflicts and heavy amounts of rain in 2018 that affected the grading and drainage improvements. It is expected to be complete early this fall.
The project includes widening to four lanes North and South Kerr Avenue between Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway (U.S. 74) and Randall Parkway. Bicycle lanes and sidewalks and a landscaped median will also be added to the road. Improvements at Market Street include a concrete medians and a quadrant left intersection, which reduces congestion and travel time by prohibiting left turns at main intersections. The median and the intersection will improve safety and capacity at this busy city intersection.
Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling in the area. NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert, and obey the posted speed limit.