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Archive for April, 2012

Circus comes to town, with big bang, thrills

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

The Cole Bros. Circus, part of the N.C. Azalea Festival, will be in town through Sunday.

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ALS Association sets walk at UNCW

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

3K walk will begin at 10 a.m.

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Queen Azalea’s tour

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Dunlap makes stops throughout city

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Wilmington Bypass work progresses, bridge painting resumes Wednesday

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — With the number of construction projects going on in our area, orange barrels have become a part of the everyday scenery. From bridge repairs to resurfacing roads, there’s a lot of work going on right now. One big project that’s halfway done is expected to relieve congestion between Wilmington and Leland.

Crews are hard at work building the leg of the Wilmington Bypass that will connect US 17 and US 74/76. Construction on this six-mile road started about two years ago. By July 2013, it should be ready for drivers.

Engineers say this $80 million project is a little unique, because it’s a design-build project. That means the contractor and designer worked together to come up with a plan for the project.

“The contractors and the designers know about the project at least a year in advance, where the normal bid process, they don’t know about it until they bid on it, so they have opportunities to kind of build the project in their minds before they get out here, and I think there’s been some benefits to that,” NCDOT Division Construction Engineer Jackson Provost said.

Once this project wraps up in 2013, construction on the final phase of the bypass, which will connect to US 421, should begin shortly after. That project should be finished by 2017 or 2018.

We haven’t seen the last of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge painting. That should resume Wednesday and end in time for Memorial Day. That means there will be lane closures and even overnight bridge closures.

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Wilmington looks to Hall of Famer Ripken to lead ballpark project

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It looks like Wilmington City Council knows who it wants to lead its ballpark plan. The agenda for Tuesday night’s City Council meeting includes two ordinances to hire and pay Ripken Design of Baltimore, MD.

One ordinance would award Ripken Design, which is owned and operated by Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. and his brother Bill, a contract for “Baseball Project Management Services.” The other would move $55,000 to to the city’s Capital Project Fund to pay for the company.

According to Ripken Design’s website, the company provides expertise including feasibility studies, ballpark design and facility management.

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