Long-delayed Dickinson Avenue project revs up again

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – A long-delayed highway project in one Eastern Carolina city shifts into gear once again.

Nearly two years ago, JSmith Civil, LLC of Goldsboro began the project to give 1.3 miles on Dickinson Avenue in Greenville a facelift.

But the company put the brakes on the work last April when it abandoned the project and then declared bankruptcy in September.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation was forced to find a new contractor to finish the work.

Fred Smith Co. of Raleigh will start work tomorrow in the area of Atlantic Avenue and Ficklen Street.

While people will be able to walk in that area, traffic will be detoured onto 14th and Evans streets.

The DOT says the entire project is expected to be complete around Labor Day 2026 and it is estimated to cost around $21.4 million.