What are the projects and when will they happen?
The City of Wilmington thanks city voters for their support and approval of the 2014 Transportation Bond. While only $44 million was on the referendum, the city will leverage existing funds to complete an entire package of projects worth $55 million.
As part of a work session on Feb. 2, 2015, Council discussed criteria for prioritizing the projects approved by voters in the 2014 Transportation Bond. The list provided to City Council at the work session provides a broad overview of what projects will be started between 2015-2020, with the goal of completing all the projects within five to seven years. The presentation to Council also included an update on the city's 5-year infrastructure improvement plan.
- Watch the full presentation given to City Council on Feb. 2
- View the presentation outlining the initial prioritized projects
- Eastwood Road/Racine Drive
- Pine Grove Drive
- Wrightsville Ave
- Greenville Loop Trail
- South College Road Trail
- Masonboro Loop Trail
- South Kerr Ave
- Oleander Drive
- 17th Street/Dawson/Wooster
- Carolina Beach Road/North Front Street
- Barclay Hills/23rd Street
- Love Grove Access
Thirteen of 37 projects are in various stages of development. Some projects have been combined to increase efficiency. Updates are available for Love Grove second access; Barclay Hills/23rd Street sidewalks; Dawson/Wooster streetscape and 8th Street crosswalks; Wilshire Boulevard crosswalks at Kerr Avenue & College Road; College Road Trail; Carolina Beach Road streetscape and the Masonboro Loop Trail.
Work began in February 2017 on two major projects identified in the 2014 Transportation Bond.
The Fairlawn sidewalks will provide residents with a safer walking and biking alternative within the neighborhood as well as connectivity to nearby commercial areas on North Kerr Avenue and Princess Place Drive. The new sidewalks are on McClelland Drive, Fairlawn Drive, Clover Road and Gleason Road. Crews will be onsite for a few more weeks making finishing touches. The final connections to Kerr Avenue on both McClelland Drive and Fairlawn Drive will be finished after the NC DOT completes the Kerr Avenue widening project, which is currently underway.
Also beginning in February was the construction of a bridge over Smith Creek that will provide another access into the Love Grove neighborhood. This neighborhood is currently only served with one entrance, which can be blocked by train traffic. Another entrance will guarantee access to the neighborhood, regardless of train schedules. Construction is expected to take one year to complete.
- 244 feet of new sidewalk along Dawson Street between Wrightsville Avenue and Oleander Drive. The new sidewalks (pictured at right) fill in a gap of existing sidewalks, connecting neighborhoods along Wrightsville Avenue with commercial areas along Dawson Street and Oleander Drive. In addition, 60-feet of the existing sidewalk was repaired.
- One block of new sidewalk along the East side of 23rd Street between Princess Place Drive and Belvedere Drive. This short segment will connect with existing sidewalks along Princess Place and 23rd.
- A new crosswalk across Kerr Avenue, at the intersection of Wilshire. This allows for safe pedestrian access between a residential area and a grocery store and other amenities.
- Watch a presentation from Feb. 2 to City Council outlining next steps for the bond projects.
- View a presentation outlining priorities of bond projects
- View a printable booklet detailing proposed transportation projects
- View a fact sheet of proposed transportation projects
- View a 5x7 generic flyer
- Watch the public hearing and City Council's discussion from the July 8 City Council meeting