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Business owners ready for ‘desperately needed’ improvements to Dickinson Avenue

Business owners ready for ‘desperately needed' improvements to Dickinson Avenue

N.C. Department of Transportation Engineer Jeff Cabaniss, left, and cycling advocate Steven Hardy-Braz, discuss the lack of bicycle lanes in plans to improve Dickinson Avenue…

Thursday, Mar 10

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N.C. Department of Transportation Engineer Jeff Cabaniss, left, and cycling advocate Steven Hardy-Braz, discuss the lack of bicycle lanes in plans to improve Dickinson Avenue during a Tuesday input session. A $15 million project to make improvements to Dickinson Avenue will include drainage improvements to address flooding that occurs at the Carolina Coastal Railway underpass near Hooker Road. Work is expected to begin this summer. The beginning is near for the long sought Dickinson Avenue improvement project, and business owners and residents had a chance to review the plans and share their input with state transportation officials and city engineers.

About 35 people attended a forum at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences-A Time for Science facility on Dickinson Avenue.

“I think overall people are excited for the project and want to see what it’s going to look like when it’s finished,” said Jeff Cabaniss, N.C. Department of Transportation Division 2 engineer. “People want to know how it’s going to impact businesses and how we are going to make traffic flow and get to their businesses while it’s under construction.”

The estimated $15.2 million project will improve 1.3 miles of roadway extending from Reade Circle to South Memorial Drive. The work will involve repairing the city’s existing drainage system, repaving the roadway and making improvements to increase pedestrian safety.

Sidewalks also will be repaired from South Memorial to 14th Street. There will be additional enhancements between 14th Street and Reade Circle, which includes brick paving along parts of the street, concrete sidewalks with […]

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