PROGRESS REPORT: Where We’re At With Our Capital Projects

Now that we’re well into the new year, we thought it would be an opportune time to update the community about the projects we completed in 2022 and the ones currently underway or about to start in 2023.

Completed In 2022

Wrightsville Avenue Sidewalks: Gaps were filled between Castle Street and Independence Boulevard to provide a continuous sidewalk on the north side of the road.

Park Avenue Trail: The trail now extends from Kerr Avenue to Independence Boulevard (where it connects to the Cross-City Trail).

Pedestrian Crossing at Military Cutoff Road and Town Centre Drive: This now connects Mayfaire to the Multi-Use Path across Military Cutoff Road.

HVAC Upgrades in City Hall/Thalian Hall: A completed system overhaul improves efficiency and air quality in this high-profile public facility.

DC Fast Charging Stations: Two fast EV chargers were installed on the ground floor of the Market Street Parking Deck.

Portia Mills Hines Park Improvements: The project added new restrooms, lighting, parking, sidewalks, and a pavilion to the park.

1898 Park Improvements: A new monument sign was installed at the park, which also serves as a visible gateway to downtown.

Under Construction

Clear Run Branch Drainage: There is a massive project underway that, when complete, will reduce chronic flooding in the vicinity of New Centre Drive and College Road, improve water quality in Bradley Creek, and enhance the natural habitat.

Racine Drive Right Turn Lane: The new lane will alleviate congestion approaching New Centre Drive and provide a safe pedestrian crossing at this busy intersection.

nCino Sports Complex Upgrades: The project includes adding a restroom building and four new turf fields, converting an existing field to an artificial turf field, and adding lighting to multiple fields, which will provide more multi-sport fields for community use.

Greenfield Lake Spillway: Water exits Greenfield Lake through the spillway. The structure is aging and currently undergoing necessary major repairs.

Oleander Sidewalks: This will connect Wooster Drive to Mimosa Place and includes a pedestrian crossing at Dawson Street.

2nd Street Parking Deck Repairs: The project includes repairing concrete, steel, brick, and the exterior surface throughout the structure, which was built in 1992.

WMPO Office Building: The former Thomas Grocery building on North 4th Street is being converted for future use as WMPO offices.

North Front Street Improvements: This is a joint project with CFPUA to replace utilities and enhance the streetscape along Front Street between Chestnut and Grace streets.

Bijou Park Renovations: Extensive upgrades will promote safety and aesthetics in this signature open space that connects Front Street to River Place and Water Street.

Riverwalk Visitor Information Center: Renovations include lighting, better views of the river, observation stools, railings, and signage.

Will Start Construction in 2023

Riverlights Fire Station: The new facility will serve the growing Riverlights neighborhood and vicinity.

Hooker Road Multi-Use Path, Hinton Avenue Multi-Use Path, Greenville Avenue Sidewalks: These projects will provide pedestrian amenities in the Seagate area.

Pine Grove Drive Improvements: Intersection improvements at MacMillan Drive, at Oleander Drive, and a roundabout at Greenville Loop Road will improve traffic flow and safety along Pine Grove Drive.

Eastwood Road Median: A new landscaped median from Rogersville Road to Cavalier Drive will improve safety and aesthetics.

Althea Gibson Tennis Complex Improvements: This project includes rehabilitation of eight courts at the city’s premier tennis facility.

Pedestrian HAWK Beacon at Market Street and 21st Street: This will provide a safe crossing of Market Street.

MLK Center Gym Expansion and Community Kitchen: The project includes a new high school gymnasium, restrooms, equipment storage, and a community kitchen.

17th Street Sidewalks: New sidewalks will connect Wooster Drive to Greenfield Street.

Masonboro Loop Trail: The 1.4-mile multi-use path will run along Masonboro Loop Road from Pine Grove Drive to Navaho Trail.

Dock Street Pedestrian Access: This will provide improved ADA-compliant Riverwalk access at the foot of Dock Street.

Greenville Loop Trail: This Multi-Use path will begin at Park Avenue and run the entirety of Greenville Loop Road, then along Pine Grove Drive and Holly Tree Road to connect with the recently completed Central College Trail at Holly Tree Road.

Wrightsville Avenue Sidewalks: New sidewalks will run from College Road to Hawthorn Drive and from Independence Boulevard to 44th Street.

Oleander Drive Sidewalks: New sidewalks will run from Hawthorn Road to 42nd Street, including pedestrian crossings at Independence Boulevard, Floral Parkway, and 41st Street.

Dawson/Wooster Streetscaping: The project will improve aesthetics between 5th Avenue and 15th Street and add crosswalks at 8th Street.

Wrightsville Avenue/Wallace Avenue roundabout: This project will improve traffic flow and safety.

5th Avenue Street Rehabilitation: In coordination with CFPUA, this project will upgrade utilities, add bike lanes and on-street parking, improve sidewalks, and resurface 5th Avenue from Greenfield Street to Market Street. The project will also replace numerous trees in poor health with new trees and landscaping. Public engagement on the project will be underway soon.

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