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Dickinson reopens as connector work progresses

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Dickinson Avenue after opening again to traffic following a long period of construction on May 25, 2017. (Joe Pellegrino/The Daily Reflector)


The Daily Reflector

Thursday, May 25, 2017

A portion of Dickinson Avenue that closed in August so work could progress on an overpass that is a major part of the 10th Street Connector reopened to traffic on Thursday, signaling a milestone for the project.

Dickinson was closed between 14th and Ninth streets, blocking a traditional entryway into downtown. The bulk of the work on the overpass in now completed, and the portion of Dickinson that runs beneath is has been refitted; traffic flowed freely beneath the overpass on Thursday evening.

The work originally was estimated to take about 100 days. Contractors set beams for the bridge and installed new waterlines, sewer and storm drain pipes under railroad tracks that also are spanned by the overpass. CSX railway also constructed a new track crossing and install rail signals on Dickinson.

Construction for the $30 million connector began in September 2015. The 1.4-mile boulevard will stretch from Memorial Drive over Dickinson to 10th Street at Evans Street, connecting East Carolina University and the city’s medical district. Amenities will include bike lanes and sidewalks.

The City of Greenville has requested the Department of Transportation to name the connector for former ECU Chancellor Leo Jenkins and the overpass for Dr. Andrew Best, a local civil rights leader and the city’s first black physician. The project is scheduled for completion in early 2019.