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. Currently, all but two of the projects are in either the planning/design phase, under construction or have been completed.
The Transportation Bond program is on schedule in Year 5 of 7. Work has begun on all projects. The following is an overview of the projects’ status as of December 2019:
- 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
Updates are available for Dawson/Wooster streetscape and 8th Street crosswalks; Wilshire Boulevard crosswalks at Kerr Avenue & College Road; College Road Trail; Carolina Beach Road streetscape; Eastwood Road/Racine Drive and the Masonboro Loop Trail. Other projects are either in design phase or are in early stages of design. Some projects have been combined to increase efficiency.
- On Apr. 29, 2018, the city officially opened the Love Grove Memorial Bridge, providing an additional access for the Love Grove neighborhood. The $5 million bridge was one of the largest of the 38 projects approved by voters in the 2014 Transportation Bond. The two-lane bridge crosses Burnt Mill Creek to One Tree Hill Way on the other side and features a sidewalk for additional connectivity to the neighborhood. Construction on the bridge began in February 2017. Prior to the installation of the new bridge, the only access to the neighborhood could be blocked by train traffic.
- 244 feet of new sidewalk along Dawson Street between Wrightsville Avenue and Oleander Drive. The new sidewalks 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.
- New sidewalks on Delaney Avenue from Wellington Avenue to Glen Meade Road, providing for safer and easier pedestrian movement in this busy area of medical-related businesses.
- Almost one mile of sidewalk in the McClelland Drive/Fairlawn Drive neighborhood. The Fairlawn sidewalks 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.
- 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