After more than a year of construction, Academy Street in downtown Cary reopened Friday to two-way traffic.
The $8 million streetscape project, which began in June 2015, was originally expected to be done by June 1, but has faced several obstacles in meeting that deadline. Inclement weather, especially this past winter, and difficulties with existing utilities slowed down the process.
Crews will continue electrical infrastructure and LED light installation, as well as landscape, public art and solar-powered light paver placement into the winter, according to town staff.
“Reopening Academy Street represents real progress on making downtown a destination again, which is a promise we made not only to those who live and work there but to everyone in Cary who voted in favor of the 2012 Cary Community Bonds,” Town Manager Sean Stegall said in a statement. “These next few years are going to be incredibly exciting as we push forward on a number of transformational public and private projects.”
Because of significant public investments downtown, including The Cary theater and Cary Arts Center, several businesses recently have announced plans to open in downtown, including Pizzeria Faulisi, a new La Farm Bakery location and a proposed $51 million mixed-use development.
Other town investment plans to revitalize downtown include a 7-acre Downtown Park and a joint plan with Wake County to build a regional library and 350-space parking deck.
Kathryn Trogdon: 919-460-2608: @KTrogdon