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Dow Road Project To Add Width And Turning Lanes

Work continues on the Dow Road project. The project will widen the road and install turn lanes at major intersections.

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CAROLINA BEACH - A $1.6 million dollar project to widen Dow Road on Pleasure Island is underway. The project will widen the state 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 project will require detours at times, particularly when resurfacing of the road begins from Kure Beach to Carolina Beach.
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 are available on the Town’s website as soon as they are available:
The right of way defined by the North Carolina Department of Transportation did not match the Town's surveys or what was indicated on tax maps. That impacted properties along Dow Road including the Town's Fire Department by reducing their driveway area. The Town prepared a map to show affected property owners where the road would be moving closer to their homes.
The wider road will accommodate the addition of the turn lanes and improve the shoulder conditions along the sandy sides of the road from Carolina Beach to Kure Beach.

Click here to view the plans for the project...