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Why doesn’t N.C. DOT maintain the stretch of highway between Leland and the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge?

Patrick Gannon
StarNews

At a recent Wilmington City Council meeting, Councilman Jim Quinn deemed the stretch of highway between Leland and the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge an “abomination, so far as trash and the lack of landscaping and that kind of thing.”

“That is an entrance to the city, and it does look bad,” Quinn said.

Few would disagree. Quinn asked city staff members to find out who is supposed to maintain that area.

Mike Kozlosky, executive director of the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization, said in early October that the city is working with the N.C. Department of Transportation to evaluate landscaping possibilities.

But it’s unclear where the money would come from, if anywhere. Allen Pope, DOT division engineer, said the DOT doesn’t have the cash to maintain landscaping there “without the sacrifice of something else.”

Pope said the DOT and city are in “initial conversations” to try to figure out a way to clean it up.

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5 Responses to “ Why doesn’t N.C. DOT maintain the stretch of highway between Leland and the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge?”

  1. On October 10, 2009 at 10:48 am gary wrote:

    Why can DOT plant a 1/4 mile of flowers in front of the airport over the course of three days with about 20 crew members, but they can’t cut the grass and shrubs in Brunswick County near the Bridges????

  2. On October 11, 2009 at 7:41 am justin wrote:

    And while they are at it, the street lights – from the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge, south to the US 421 merger – haven’t worked in over 18 months.

  3. On October 12, 2009 at 12:22 pm David wrote:

    In Lynchburg Va, they started a program that has been extremely successful. They mapped out areas of the city along the major highways that they wanted to landscape. Then, they set-up pricing based on the size of the area, type of landscaping that was needed and the location. They got local companies to sponsor these areas in exchange for having a really nice carved sign tastefully set in with the landscaping. Large areas such as gateway entrances would have multiple sponsors. The city got the areas landscaped and the companies got the benefit of having an advertisment that was positive and unintrusive. Much better than a billboard and actually a lot cheaper. They have a waiting list for these areas and have been able to expand the program to parts of the inner city.

  4. On July 19, 2010 at 9:35 am CRAIG BRAYE wrote:

    Maintaining the road provides safety. Landscaping, for the most part is fluff. In these hard economic times they should cut the grass on the sides of the road and make repairs to the asphalt. the rest should wait.

  5. On August 21, 2010 at 9:04 am Keith wrote:

    The question still wasn’t answered…”Who” is responsible for keeping the median clear of trees and shrubs and weeds and grass and trash picked up?? State? County? City? Feds? Is this a federal Hi-way?? In my traveling on U.S. Hi-way 17 from Wilmington to Savannah Ga. no entrance to a city along that route looks like Wilmington…..an absolute disgrace!