Upcoming lane closures in downtown Wilmington intersection due to safety improvements

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North Carolina Department of Transportation announces lane closures around a downtown intersection while a raised median is extended on South Third Street, or U.S. 17 Business.
North Carolina Department of Transportation announces lane closures around a downtown intersection while a raised median is extended on South Third Street, or U.S. 17 Business.

A raised median will be extended on South Third Street (U.S. 17 Business) to improve the safety of pedestrians and drivers who use this road’s junction with Dock Street, where drivers can now go right, left or straight when it’s clear to proceed.

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The contractor is expected to begin work on Monday, Jan. 24, and beginning Jan. 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, drivers can expect intermittent lane closures around the downtown intersection as well as some occasional nighttime lane closures.

By extending an existing median on South Third Street, drivers on Dock Street will be redirected into turning right – a safer maneuver, given the large amount of cars that typically travel through the corridor each day.

The project will also include the addition of a marked crosswalk, which will allow pedestrians when crossing South Third Street to wait in the median, if necessary, since a traffic signal is not at that location.

Drivers should slow down and be alert when traveling through the work zone.

Until the project is completed, expect periodic lane restrictions to continue through the fall.

For real-time travel information, visit drivenc.gov or facebook.com/NCDOT.

This article originally appeared on Wilmington StarNews: South Third Street, Dock Street lane closures in downtown Wilmington

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