GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – According to the NC DOT, construction on Greenville’s 10th Street Connector will no longer start on Monday.
NC DOT Communications Officer Brian Rick says, “The contractor is not going to start work on the 10th Street Connector until October 5th. However, what they are going to be doing is installing a drainage system on 5th Street, as part of the project.”
The drainage system will be the first step of the construction.
The project will convert the connector into a four-lane divided road with a landscaped median, directly connecting Memorial Drive with 10th Street at Evans Street.
It will also include the construction of a bridge over the railroad tracks at Dickinson Avenue and the construction of multimodal facilities such as bike lanes, sidewalks and transit stops along the entire length of the corridor.
One of the most visible improvements to Stantonsburg Road will be the upgrading of traffic signals.
The Stantonsburg Road project will also create a direct connection between Vidant Medical Center and the East Carolina Medical and Allied Health Schools, which are located beside Vidant.
The project includes drainage work and grading, which improves safety by leveling off shoulders adjacent to the road, providing motorists with a smoother ride as well as a refuge in case of an emergency.
Work on Stantonsburg Road and Memorial Drive will take place at night, with the contractor not allowed to close or restrict any lanes between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m., seven days a week, during most of the construction.
So work doesn’t disrupt commuting traffic, there also can’t be lane closures or restrictions on Farmville Boulevard, 10th Street, Bancroft Avenue, Line Avenue or 14th Street from 7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday through Friday.
During school operations, the afternoon restriction for 14th Street will begin at 3 p.m.
Lane closures and restrictions also can’t take place on any of those roads from 12 hours before until 12 hours after any East Carolina University football games at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
More than 150 businesses and homes in line with the construction have already been relocated.
The $33 million transit project is expected to be done by May 2019.
This is one of seven road and bridge projects recently awarded by the Department of Transportation.