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Why can’t the DOT route incoming and outgoing airport traffic using the MLK Parkway, instead of making people use 23rd Street?

Ken Little
StarNews

N.C. Department of Transportation Division Engineer Allen Pope offers this response:

“All airport traffic is routed on the MLK Parkway to the interchange at 23rd Street, then follows 23rd Street to the main entrance. What is wrong with that route?”

If the reader refers to a new driveway from Wilmington International Airport that directly feeds onto the Martin Luther King Parkway, Pope says “it needs to be away from the 23rd Street interchange about where the proposed Independence Boulevard interchange will be,” or about half-way between 23rd Street and the proposed Kerr Avenue interchange.

“The airport would be responsible for getting the driveway to MLK Parkway, across Smith Creek , across private property and get a break in the (DOT) control of access on MLK Parkway,” Pope says.

In other words, it seems all involved see keeping the current route in place to be the best option for now.

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3 Responses to “ Why can’t the DOT route incoming and outgoing airport traffic using the MLK Parkway, instead of making people use 23rd Street?”

  1. On October 6, 2009 at 8:17 am Richard wrote:

    I cannot believe Mr. Pope asked what is what with the present entrance to the airport. The sewer facility on 23rd Street is not one of the best greetings for visitors, or for anyone that lives here for that matter. The smell is enough to turn one off immediately on some days.
    It would be a much nicer entrance from MLK Parkway not only in appearance (and smell) but also look as if one is entering a city not a burg.

  2. On November 28, 2009 at 2:09 pm nick wrote:

    There are many more pressing needs in Wilmington for the use of transportation dollars than changing the entrance to the airport. It is fine. If you don’t like the occasional smell from the treatment plant, go north on 23rd, breath through your mouth as you pass the plant or stop using your toilet!!

  3. On March 14, 2010 at 10:34 pm Nat wrote:

    I agree with Mr. Pope. I’ve flown in and out of a lot of airports and ILM is a breeze to get in and out of. 23rd St. is no big deal. Whenever I pick up visitors who’ve flown in for the first time they say: “Wow, that was easy!” Now if they could just do something about the higher fares from ILM.



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