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Work on 10th progresses; more changes coming downtown

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The Daily Reflector

Thursday, July 11, 2019

More changes are ahead for Greenville motorists as work wraps up on 10th Street and traffic patterns shift again downtown.

Crews working for the state Department of Transportation are making headway on the repaving of 10th Street from Evans to Greenville Boulevard, Sarah Lentine, NCDOT resident engineer, said on Wednesday.

The work began early in June and crews largely have been working at night to minimize the effect on traffic. The road bisects the campus of East Carolina University and the goal is to complete the project before the return of students next month.

“We only have a few more nights of work,” Lentine said, provided no bad weather delays the work.

Lane closures vary through the night but so far it has been a very safe project with no injuries to workers, Lentine said. She wanted to remind drivers to stay alert and cognizant of worker when they are driving in the area.

Crews working for the city of Greenville are continuing to adjust traffic patterns downtown as work progress on the Town Creek culvert project.

On Friday, the city is scheduled convert Cotanche Street from a one-way to two-way road between East Fifth Street and Reade Circle. The change is needed to offset the pending closure of the intersection of Reade Circle and Evans Street.

That closure will remain in place for several weeks, a city news release said. Converting Cotanche Street ensures traffic can continuing moving north and south through the district, the release said.

The conversion work includes adjusting a signal head at the intersection of Cotanche and East Fifth streets, as well as removing signs and pavement markings that conflict with the new traffic pattern, the release said.

New signage and pavement markings are being installed to further help ease the change, and a lane shift is being implemented on Cotanche Street between East Fourth and East Fifth streets, reducing that stretch from two southbound lanes to one, the release said.

The work is among several ongoing projects conducted by the city and state including:

Finishing touches on the 10th Street Connector

Resurfacing of Arlington Boulevard between Hooker and Evans.

Paving of the new Southwest Bypass.

Upgrades at the intersection of Memorial Drive and West Fifth Street.

Also beginning this summer is the Dickinson Avenue modernization project, where the state will upgrade existing infrastructure and repave the road. The city is funding streetscapes, street lighting and the installation of sidewalks and brick pavers to enhance the pedestrian access along the road.

Contact Ginger Livingston at glivingston@reflector.com or 252-329-9570.

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