The intersection of Kildaire Farm Road and Walnut Street re-opened Monday after several months of downtown streetscape construction.
The $8 million downtown streetscape project, which began in June last year, was originally expected to be done by June 1. It now is scheduled to be complete in August.
The entire project includes upgrading town utilities, such as water and sewer, and beautifying downtown, including new street furniture, trees and lighting.
Drivers traveling south on Kildaire Farm Road and north on Academy Street are able to access Walnut Street. The Byrum Street detour has been removed.
Academy Street continues to be closed to northbound traffic from Dry Avenue to Chatham Street, and right turns from Walnut Street onto Kildaire Farm Road are still not possible at this point in the project.
Town staff hope to open Park Street and Dry Avenue by the end of March, said Kyle Hubert, transportation engineering supervisor, in February. Then, the focus will turn exclusively to completing work on South Academy Street.
“We all are looking forward to project completion, and the re-opening of the Walnut Street and Kildaire Farm Road intersection is an important milestone in that effort,” Hubert said in a news release. “Much of the project work has gone on behind or even below the scenes.”
Kathryn Trogdon: 919-460-2608, @KTrogdon