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Does Wilmington have an ordinance about vegetation or other obstacles blocking visibility at an intersection?

Amanda Greene
StarNews

The short answer is yes. The long answer is – it’s terribly complicated, said Malissa Talbert, communications manager for the City of Wilmington.

“We have different standards for a driveway versus a sign versus other structures,” she said. “We do make exceptions for downtown and the historic district because we already have buildings close to the curb, and you can’t move a 100-year-old building away from the curb.”

If the community reports an issue with line of sight at an intersection that’s fairly minor – for instance, a bush or tree blocking a driver’s sight of the road – the city will cut away the offending foliage or work with the property owner to remove it.

“For new construction, there are technical standards that make sure a driveway is in the right place to mitigate site vision,” Talbert added. “But we really look at each situation individually.”

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One Response to “ Does Wilmington have an ordinance about vegetation or other obstacles blocking visibility at an intersection?”

  1. On February 22, 2011 at 5:42 pm Jerry wrote:

    There are many intersections in the city with tall shrubs, small trees, etc. close to the street or hanging over into the street that makes it difficult to see on-coming traffic from a stop sign. Yes, they are attractive and look nice but cause many accidents because they block the view.
    I feel all vegetation should be at least 10 to 12 feet back from the curb or edge of the roadway.



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