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Carolina Beach To Hold Cape Fear Blvd Streetscape Workshops

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - The Carolina Beach Town Council will review plans at their upcoming August 13th, meeting for infrastructure upgrades from Sewer Lift Station #1 near the Boardwalk on Raleigh Avenue to the Wastewater Treatment Plant off Dow Road. They will also consider options for a new streetscape design along Cape Fear Blvd. from Canal Drive to 5th Street.
Prior to that meeting, the Town will hold two workshops to inform and solicit input from the public on a proposal to make improvements to the streetscape on Cape Fear Blvd.
Specifically, the Town will be upgrading underground utilities on several right-of-ways this fall. A portion of the upgrades will include the 100 block and 500 block of Cape Fear Blvd which will give the town an opportunity to improve the current streetscape. 
The improvements for Cape Fear Blvd will include a redesign of the parking configuration with street trees, sidewalks, bike paths and/or a multi-use path.  There will be two workshops for public input. The proposed streetscape options can be viewed at Town Hall or on the Town’s website at www.carolinabeach.org.
 The workshop meetings will be held:
• Friday, August 9, 2013 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm
• Monday, August 12, 2013 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Both workshops will be held at the Carolina Beach Town Hall at 1121 N Lake Park Blvd in the Council meeting room.
Earlier this year the Council approved moving forward with a $13 million dollar project to rehabilitate an aging sewer force main that pumps sewage from the main Lift Station in the downtown area across the Island to the Town's Wastewater Treatment Plant off Dow Road. The secondary force main is not currently in use. It's only used in emergency situations when flow exceeds the capacity of the primary force main. The secondary line can't operate at 100% due to the state of the aging line.
The project will also replace aging water and sewer lines throughout older residential areas of Town west of Lake Park Blvd and replace the aging water storage tank on Cape Fear Blvd as well as open a new fresh water well.
The overall project is about 34,000 feet of sanitary sewer line replacement or rehab and about 29,000 feet of water line replacement and also bringing a new well online plus replacing the 3-million gallon ground storage tank on Cape Fear Blvd.