NCDOT officials said work on the $30 million project to provide a modern multi-lane connection between East Carolina University and the city’s medical district is proceeding “ahead of schedule.” One of the lead engineers this week outlined progress on the 10th Street Connector, which is scheduled for completion in early 2019.
“The project is about 55 percent complete,” N.C. Department of Transportation engineer Cadmus Capehart said. ”Things are going pretty good and we are making great progress.”
Construction for the connector began in September of 2015. The 1.4-mile boulevard will stretch from Memorial Drive over Dickinson Avenue to 10th Street at Evans Street. It will widen symmetrically down Farmville Boulevard before rising over the Dickinson Avenue railroad tracks, where the bridgework is rising.
The construction project was awarded to S.T. Wooten of Wilson. Capehart said construction crews currently are focused on relocating water, sewer and gas lines along the Dickinson Avenue connector.
“Our main focus right now is to reopen Dickinson Avenue as quickly as possible ... hopefully by mid-May,” Capehart said. “We also are laying the brick veneer around the bridge, putting in the sidewalks in that section.”
Property acquisition for the connector began in 2012. More than 30 businesses were displaced, and almost all were small local businesses — some had been in the same location for 50 years or more before they were given no choice but to leave their properties for whatever compensation they were provided. More than 150 total properties were acquired for the connector.
Multimodal amenities including bike lanes, sidewalks and other features will be included in the project. While the 10th Street Connector is a N.C. Department of Transportation project, the city is responsible for paying for improvements like sidewalks, streetlights, landscaping and the Evans Street gateway streetscape.
Part of Greenville’s $15.85 million bond referendum approved by voters in November 2015 provided $1.75 million for those improvements. NCDOT will complete the work and the city will reimburse the department. Funds are due to the NCDOT at completion of the connector.
The project originally was scheduled for completion in May 2019. However, Capehart said the project currently is ahead of schedule and is expected to be completed in early 2019.
“We have have good weather to work with,” Capehart said. ”That has allowed crews to really move ahead with the work and has put us a little ahead of schedule right now.”
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By the numbers
• September 2015: construction started
• May 2019: expected completion
• 1.4 miles: length of connector
• $30 million: cost of project
• $1.75 million: cost to city
For information on the 10th Street Connector project, contact the NCDOT at 830-3495.