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Water Street closure forces businesses to make other plans


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Coast Guard exploratory excavation will help determine what repairs need to be made to the Riverwalk bulkhead, located in front of the Federal Courthouse.

The excavation, which starts Monday, will temporarily close part of Water street.

The closure will not only affect the flow of traffic, but may hamper area businesses.

The testing will shutdown the southbound lane of Water Street between Princess and Market Street.

Traffic can not pass through between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The project is expected to last several weeks and will force local businesses to relocate.

“We are sad to leave this location for a couple of weeks because we finally have established the market over the last few months and we’ve had a really good turn out,” said Suzette Hawley.

Hawley coordinates the Sunday Downtown Historic Marketplace and says the business vendors generate on the waterfront will take a hit.

“I am expecting it to be quite a drop-off,” said Hawley.

For the next few weeks the market will move a few blocks away to Bailey’s Theater Park. During that time organizers say the will try to steer potential customers in their direction.

“We are going to actually have some signs down here to direct traffic up there and also along Front Street to direct people,” said Hawley.

The Downtown Sundown Concert Series will also move to Bailey’s Theater for the August 2nd and 9th shows.

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