NCDOT: Construction on Dickinson Avenue project slated to resume in late March

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) -Business owners in one Eastern Carolina city learned the latest Monday about a road project that’s been delayed for months.

The process of trying to improve Dickinson Avenue in Greenville has been quite the journey.

“I’ve been here for 15 years, and it’s looked the exact same,” said Pitt Street Brewing Company General Manager, Brianna Long.

It’s been nearly two years since JSmith Civil, LLC of Goldsboro began construction on a project to give 1.3 miles of Dickinson Avenue a facelift.

However, the work was halted after the company left the job last April and then filed for bankruptcy in September.

The North Carolina Department of Transporation was left to find a new contractor, which they say has now been done allowing work to resume.

“It’s going to make an impact on businesses, but we just ask them to be patient with us that way we can finish in a timely manner,” said NCDOT Senior Assistant Resident Engineer, Jason Beasley.

The DOT says construction on the project between Memorial Drive and Reade Circle, which is where many businesses are located, is expected to start back up in late March.

The DOT held a meeting on Monday, to hear concerns from business owners about how they’ll be impacted by the project.

Some have mixed feelings because of road closures and detours for customers, but say the revitalization is needed.

“You’re going to go through growing pains as the community is revitalized,” said CrossFit Greenville owner, Matt Hines. “I’m excited. Just trying to pin down the timelines so I can communicate to my members how everything is going to work.”

“Some things have happened without us knowing and that is frustrating, but I think this project coming together now hopefully the duration will continue smoothly without any more stops,” Long said.

The DOT says the construction next month will first begin on section six, which is the area of Atlantic Avenue and Ficklen Street.

They also say the entire project is expected to be complete around Labor Day 2026 and the project is estimated to cost around $21.4 million.