Work Continues On Fayetteville Street As Deadline Looms
Posted July 4, 2006 6:53 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH, N.C. — Construction crews spent the Fourth of July holiday working on Fayetteville Street in Downtown Raleigh as the July 29 deadline to reopen the street to traffic approaches.
"Any day we can get to make the completion date is what we need," said Raleigh's senior project inspector Gilbert Brown.
The original completion date for the $9 million project, seen as a big revitalization boost for downtown, was in May, but was delayed because installation of some utility lines for street lamps and traffic signals took longer than expected.
By next week, the final paving will begin. Parking spaces will be striped.
A celebration, with the theme "Raleigh Wide Open" is set and will consist of a parade, fireworks and live entertainment. The block party is expected to attract thousands.
Businesses in the area are also trying to meet the July 29 deadline, too. The owners of the new Big Easy Restaurant know it won't be easy, but they are hoping to open at the same time the street does.
About 15 to 20 businesses are already operating on Fayetteville Street; space is available for about 15 to 20 more, Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker has said. But it could still take two or three years for all the stores to open.