Franklin to close downtown for drainage project

Map courtesy DOT
Map courtesy DOT

While it may cause a few weeks of headaches, officials hope a drainage project in Whiteville will have longterm benefits.

South Franklin Street between Madison and Caldis will be closed May 17-28 to allow crews to replace a drainage pipe under the roadway. The Department of Transportation said Wednesday that the $120,000 project should improve outflow of stormwater from downtown.

The area is set for a major stormwater renovation by the city in the coming months. The Franklin Street project was needed to allow stormwater an outlet from downtown to Soles Swamp, to relieve pressure on the improvements slated for upstream.

Traffic will be detoured on Main and South Lee streets, which will lead to some delays for motorists.

DOT said improvements will also be made to ditches along Franklin Street in the immediate area, and road repairs at the intersection of Madison, Lee, and Franklin will cause brief delays.

The section of Franklin where the pipe is being replaced had water as deep as six feet during Hurricane Florence,  after torrential rains overwhelmed the drainage system. The drainage project will also provide some relief for the Duke Progress power substation located in Soles Swamp on the downstream side of Franklin.

  • BrendenJones
    Business

    Tabor Wins $1 Million for Water Improvements

    Tabor City has qualified for a $1 million water improvement grant. Rep. Brenden Jones said Thursday that the State Water Infrastructure Authority had approved a Community Development Block Grant for the town. The grant will [Read More]
  • The sidewalk project currently underway in Whiteville is federally funded and being managed by the NCDOT.
    Business

    City to Receive Major Wastewater Grant

    Whiteville will receive $6.8 million for the replacement and rehabilitation of part of the sewer system, and upgrades at several lift stations, Gov. Roy Cooper announced today (Wednesday). The grant includes $1.5 million in principal [Read More]
  • Front Page

    Youth Martial Arts Orientation Today

    Sheepdog Foundation will hold an orientation for its  traditional youth martial arts today (Wednesday) from 5-7 p.m. at the Whiteville Recreation Center.
  • Courtesy USDA
    Business

    Second Turkey Flock Tests for HPAI

    A commercial turkey operation in Duplin County has tested positive for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). This is the second case of high path avian influenza in commercial poultry in North Carolina this month. “I [Read More]
About Jefferson Weaver 1877 Articles
Jefferson Weaver is the Managing Editor of Columbus County News and he can be reached at (910) 914-6056, (910) 632-4965, or by email at jeffersonweaver@ColumbusCountyNews.com.