Racine Traffic Information

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Racine Drive and College Acres Drive Intersection Changes

Beginning the week of December 16, 2019 City of Wilmington Traffic Engineering division will start a safety improvement project at the intersection of Racine Drive and College Acres Drive.  In this project City of Wilmington Traffic Engineering personnel will be installing signage, pavement markings, and modular median and posts at the intersection.  A future project will install concrete median in a similar configuration.

This area of Wilmington along with UNCW has experienced phenomenal growth which has led to increase in traffic and pedestrians using areas roads, sidewalks, and trails. This project is being done to help improve safety and mitigate traffic congestion at this intersection. There have been crashes at this intersection, and these changes will reduce the potential for crashes, particularly those involving pedestrians and cyclists.  Should traffic patterns change to alleviate congestion and queueing, the changes being implemented can be easily reversed to return the intersection to previous design or more traditional treatments constructed.

Over time, Traffic Engineering has been gradually increasing/enhancing the traffic controls at this intersection. These improvements have included:

  •  Installation of overhead flashers

  • Installation of oversized Stop signs

  • Stop ahead signage for College Acres Drive

  • Upgraded crosswalk markings

  • Post reflectors to increase nighttime Stop sign visibility

  • Installation of solar flashers above the Stop sign

Previous years collision reports had similar reported patterns:

  • Turning traffic that did not yield to pedestrians or cyclists 

  • Motorists that did not stop for stop sign/ flashing red light

  • Motorist that mistook the intersection as an all-way stop

  • Failure to yield to on-coming traffic, thinking it was clear to proceed

  • Courtesy crashes where an opening in congestion was left and a driver proceeded or was waved thru, unable to see

Before implantation of this project, several alternates were explored:

  •  4-way Stop Control.  Vehicular traffic on Racine Drive is too heavy for Stop sign control.  Queueing from potential stop signs on Racine would back up traffic both into UNCW and northward on Racine exacerbating already difficult management of traffic.

  • Traffic Signal.  The intersections of Racine at College Acres and Racine at Randall are too close together to be effectively coordinated with each other. 

  • Roundabout. There is insufficient queueing area between the intersections.  As currently identified in the field, traffic queues through College Acres from Randall.   When traffic backs up into the circulating roadway of a roundabout, all movements through the intersection are impeded and unable to move.   This would result in traffic exiting UNCW not being able to get out leading to “gridlock”.

This project will prohibit the through movements from crossing and the left turn movements from turning off College Acres Drive onto Racine Drive.  College Acres Drive will be allowed to only make a right turn onto Racine Drive from both the eastbound and westbound directions.

Left turns from Racine Drive onto College Acres Drive will be prohibited.  Racine Drive would be allowed to proceed through and turn right on to College Acres Drive.

Click here for a printable copy of the Racine and College Acres Safety Improvements

Racine and College Acres Safety Improvements