Pedestrian Plan Phase III Update – November 8, 2019

The third phase of construction for bicycle and pedestrian improvements through Duck Village is off to a flying start.  RPC Contracting has completed the saw cuts for the bike lane and initial grading for the sidewalk.  RPC has also installed several of the new concrete drive entrances along the path of the future sidewalk.  In addition, the Town and RPC have coordinated meetings with utilities to address the best way to work with several existing utilities.  Over the past week, RPC has focused its work on digging out and installing the base for the landscaped areas to be planted following the construction of the sidewalk.

Over the next week, RPC plans to complete its digging work and pour the remaining driveways and stairway by the crosswalk at the Barrier Island Shoppes/Sunset Raw Bar & Grille.  Toward the end of next week, Millstone Marine Construction may begin demolition of several older retaining walls in the project area in preparation for installing new retaining walls to accommodate the future sidewalk.  Depending on the delivery of materials, Millstone Marine may begin construction of new retaining walls during the week prior to Thanksgiving.  All construction work will cease over the Thanksgiving holiday in late-November.

Due to the use of heavy equipment, the northbound travel lane may be closed at times with traffic being stopped or diverted into the middle lane during the closures.  Please be alert for construction activity and drive slowly and safely as you travel through this area of town.

The third phase of bicycle and pedestrian improvements through Duck Village has begun.  Construction will take place along the east side of Duck Road from the end of the existing sidewalk at Duck Deli northward to connect with the existing shared use path at the Ships Watch neighborhood.  Similar to prior phases, the planned improvements include a dedicated bike lane, landscaped bed, and sidewalk.  The project will also involve the construction of retaining walls, relocation of several utilities, and installation of a handicap accessible ramp at the Sunset Grille/Barrier Island Shoppes crosswalk.

Phase 3 construction has an estimated completion date in March 2020, but the present pace of construction may allow for the project to be completed substantially earlier.  Once Phase 3 is complete, the Town of Duck will have travelways for bicycles and pedestrians along the entire east side of Duck Road from the northern to the southern boundaries of the Town.

For questions about the bicycle and pedestrian improvements, you can contact Director of Community Development Joe Heard at jheard@townofduck.com or (252)255-1234.