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Potential transportation improvements

At their July 8 meeting, the Wilmington City Council approved a $44 million bond referendum which would allow for $55 million in transportation improvements within the city. The remaining $11 million would come from existing funds. Traffic has consistently been a primary concern for citizens in years of citizen surveys. 

On May 20, Council heard the findings of a Council committee that had been tasked with identifying priorities among the area’s many transportation needs. The long list of needs that would be addressed by this bond includes $35 million for road projects and $20 million for bicycle and pedestrian projects. 

The referendum will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot.

2014 Transportation Bond


  • City has many identified transportation needs
  • Transportation continues to be a high priority for City residents – Citizen Survey
  • Citizens like trails/multi-use paths and want more of them – Comprehensive Plan input
  • Lack of adequate funding needed to build transportation projects

Recommended projects in 2 major categories:

  • Roadways: $35 million 
  • Bike/Pedestrian: $20 million 

TOTAL $55 million = 2 cent property tax increase
(Impact to average homeowner on a $200,000 home = $3.34 a month, or $40 a year)


  • Eastwood Road medians & traffic signals
  • Carolina Beach Road streetscape (north)
  • North Front Street streetscape
  • Dawson and Wooster streets improvements
  • Love Grove second access
  • Hurst Drive Extension
  • Pine Grove Drive/Macmillan Avenue intersection improvements
  • Oleander Drive/Pine Grove Drive intersection realignment
  • Racine Drive at New Center Drive right turn lane
  • Roundabouts (reduces speed) at following intersections:
    • Wrightsville Avenue at Wallace Avenue
    • Pine Grove Drive at Greenville Loop Road
    • Pine Grove Drive at Holly Tree
  • Street rehabilitation & coordination with NCDOT

Install sidewalks, crosswalks and trails in high traffic areas near residential and commercial development to improve safety and encourage alternate forms of transportation. Sidewalks will also be installed to close gaps between existing sidewalks.


  • Oleander Drive from Hawthorne Road to 42nd Street
  • Wrightsville Avenue from Castle Street to Independence Boulevard
  • Oleander Drive #3 from Wooster Street to Mimosa Place
  • Dawson Street from Wrightsville Avenue to Oleander Drive
  • Wrightsville Avenue from College Road to Hawthorne Drive
  • Wrightsville Avenue from 44th Street to Independence Boulevard
  • 17th Street from Wooster Street to Greenfield Street
  • Oleander Drive from Pine Grove Drive to College Road
  • North 23rd Street from Princess Place Drive to Belvedere Drive
  • Delaney Avenue from Wellington Avenue to Glen Meade Road
  • McClelland Drive from Saint Rosea Road to North Kerr Avenue
  • Fairlawn Drive from Barclay Hills Drive to Kerr Avenue
  • Clover Road from Fairlawn Drive to McClelland Drive
  • Gleason Road from Fairlawn Drive to McClelland Drive


  • Kerr Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard
  • 16th and Dawson streets
  • College Road and Wilshire Boulevard
  • 8th and Dawson streets
  • 8th and Wooster streets
  • 17th and Dawson streets
  • Holly Tree and College roads


  • Greenville Loop Trail - 4.3 mile trail
  • Kerr Avenue Trail - 0.7 mile trail
  • Central College Trail - 1.3 mile trail
  • Masonboro Loop Trail - 1.4 mile trail


 View a printable booklet detailing proposed transportation projects

 View a printable summary of proposed transportation projects

 Watch the public hearing and City Council's discussion from the July 8 City Council meeting

 Watch the presentation from the May 20 City Council meeting

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