Crews began surveying land in early March, 2019 as the first step in designing new sidewalks along Wrightsville Avenue and a roundabout at the intersection of Wrightsville and Wallace avenues. The project involves filling in gaps of sidewalk between Independence Boulevard and Hawthorne Drive to create a 2.5-mile continuous stretch of sidewalk along Wrightsville Avenue. The sidewalks will provide safe connections between area neighborhoods, shopping areas, UNCW and the recently completed Gary Shell Cross-City Trail.
The planned roundabout will help improve traffic flow along Wrightsville Avenue, which has a tendency to back up just east of South College Road.
After the initial survey work and preliminary design is completed, the city will hold an informational meeting later in 2019.
Roundabout at Wallace Avenue
Will improve traffic flow along Wrightsville where it backs up just east of College Road
- From South College Road to Hawthorne Drive
- From Castle Street to Independence Boulevard
- From 44th Street to Independence Boulevard
- Fill in gaps and create a continuous sidewalk along
- Wrightsville Ave from Castle Street to Independence Blvd.
- Independence to College Road
- College Road to the Cape Fear Hospital at Hawthorne Drive
- Provide safe pedestrian connections between multiple neighborhoods, shopping areas, UNCW, the Cross-City Trail, and the River-to-Sea bike route
- Help address safety concerns related to the number of bike/pedestrian accidents and fatalities that have occurred in the city over the last six years; there were 24 bike/pedestrian fatalities and 836 accidents between Jan. 1, 2007 and Dec. 31, 2013