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Intersections reopens at Evans and 10th streets

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Vehicles pass through the newly opened intersection of Evans and 10th street, Friday afternoon.

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By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Travel between downtown and Greenville Boulevard has become a little easier as the intersection at Evans and 10th streets reopened on Friday.

North Carolina Department of Transportation officials told the Greenville City Council on Monday they were unsure if the intersection would be ready to reopen because last weekend’s rains, which lasted through Monday, delayed the final improvements.

The intersection, a main thoroughfare for many trying to reach the downtown area, was closed for about a month because crews were installing brick crosswalks, curb cuts to allow wheelchair accessibility and landscaping.

The improvements are part of the 10th Street Connector, a 1.4-mile boulevard stretching from Memorial Drive over Dickinson Avenue to 10th Street at Evans Street.

The $30 million project created a direct route from 10th Street to the medical district and built a bridge over the Dickinson Avenue railroad tracks which will prevent traffic backups when trains move through Greenville.

The city of Greenville contributed $1.75 million to the project to install brick crosswalks and other improvements like sidewalks, streetlights, landscaping and the Evans Street gateway streetscape.

Construction on the project began in September 2015, and original construction estimates had the project being completed in the spring, transportation officials said.

The connector project is 91 percent complete. The contractor S.T. Wooten Corp. has crews installing retaining walls at the intersection of Memorial Drive and Stantonburg Road and completing drainage projects. Starting in February, traffic patterns between 14th Street and Memorial Drive will be adjusted.

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