The City of Wilmington’s Randall Parkway widening project is about 85 percent complete and on schedule to be finished in late February. The west side of the project (from Independence Boulevard to Marlboro Street) is almost complete and is expected to be open to all four travel lanes by the end of October. This section of the Gary Shell Cross-City Trail is already open and in use (see picture at left).
The east side of the project (between Collegiate Drive and College Road) is in progress. New curbing is in place and some paving is complete. The remainder of the project will consist of completing the new lanes in either direction and final pavement of the entire roadway, including new concrete medians and turn lanes.
In the College Road intersection, a pedestrian island is being installed on the southeast corner (adjacent to UNCW) and crosswalks are being installed. Sidewalk and bike lanes will be installed on both sides of Randall Parkway from College Road to Collegiate Drive.
About half of the project’s $6 million budget comes from federal and state monies, with most of the remaining funding coming from the 2006 voter-approved transportation bond.