The contents of the container are unknown, though Bergstresser said it is likely related to the former gas station that was at the site.
Bergstresser said the city has hired a contractor through the recommendation of BUSTR—Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations—which would safely remove the tank and its contents. The removal could take up to four weeks and cost about $32,000.
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While the tank removal could last nearly a month, it’s not expected to impact the rest of the streetscape project too much, Bergstresser said.
“It shouldn’t put too much of a delay on the project,” he said. “It’s a long project so they have plenty of other areas to work.”
Removal of the tank could begin as early as next week.
The Wilmington Pike Improvement Plan is a $10 million, grant-funded project aimed at improving the city’s infrastructure along that stretch of roadway.