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Riverfront Park is among the amenities that make up Wilmington's riverfront, which is among cities listed in an online poll of 'Best American Riverfronts.' File photo.
Upgrades to Riverfront Park and Water Street have led to closures downtown. File photo.

Starting Monday, the intersection of Water and Princess Streets in downtown Wilmington will be closed off to motor vehicles so crews can perform infrastructure work, according to the city.

The intersection is expected to be closed until late February. During this time, new gravity sewer lines will be installed and a portion of the stormwater drainage system at the end of Princess Street will be replaced. Water Street is already closed to vehicular traffic between Market and Princess Streets and will be open to local traffic only between Princess and Grace Streets. Pedestrian traffic is still allowed in the area.

The work being done in the area is part of Phase 1 of a $6.3 million project to improve Riverfront Park and Water Street. In addition to infrastructure work, above-ground changes include renovations to Riverfront Park, expansion of the plaza in front of the federal building, and streetscape improvements.

On the other side of town, drainage work is about to be completed on a portion of Patricia Drive that has been closed since August. The part of the street between Sharon and Clearbrook Drives is expected to fully reopen in the next week after drainage pipes were replaced.

The work is part of a $5.4 million, two-phase project in the Wisteria Lane/Clearbrook area to help alleviate flooding and improve the water quality of runoff entering Hewlett’s Creek. The first phase, which began in August, is expected to be completed next summer.

A part of nearby Brittain Drive was closed last week for similar drainage work as part of the same project. It will remain closed until the end of the year.