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Dow Road Improvement Project Set To Start This Month

A project to widen Dow Road on Pleasure Island is set to begin later this January.

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - A project to widen Dow Road on Pleasure Island is set to begin later this January. The project will widen the highway and add turn lanes at high-traffic intersections including Cape Fear Blvd, Harper Avenue and Ocean Blvd. Dow Road runs north and south along the west side of the Island.
The Town of Carolina Beach issued a press release December 31, alerting the public to the upcoming project which will at times detour traffic. A specific schedule has not yet been released by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). The project is also designed to make drainage improvements and resurface the state highway.
According to Interim Town Manager Ed Parvin, road construction and traffic markings are planned to be complete before the summer season begins (May 1, 2013).  There may be delays experienced between January and May 1, 2013.  NCDOT will not be conducting construction on weekends unless unforeseen circumstances arise. Work will likely continue through October 2013 to finalize the project (i.e. establishing permanent vegetation), however no delays are anticipated after May 1, 2013.
Copies of the plans will be posted on the Town’s website as soon as they are available: www.carolinabeach.org
Parvin explained in an email to the Council in December, " The right of way defined by the NCDOT did not match what we have surveyed or what is shown on our tax maps.  Essentially we are losing some property which creates a need to redesign the parking for our fire department expansion.  This can be accommodated, however the NCDOT project will also impact private property owners in the vicinity of the Fire Department."
He explained, "I have asked NCDOT for a map showing the areas where private property owners will see the street moving closer to their homes. We will plan to send letters to these property owners to let them know about the project and give them contact information for the town and NCDOT in the event they have questions or concerns."