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Are there plans for pedestrian crosswalks on Market Street and Oleander Drive?

Patrick Gannon


Through ongoing sidewalk and Cross-City Trail projects, several intersections along those roads will get crosswalks and signals, probably in 2010, said Joshuah Mello, associate transportation planner for the city of Wilmington.

They include Market Street and Barclay Hills Drive, Market and 23rd Street, Oleander Drive and Independence Boulevard, and Oleander and Dawson Street. Military Cutoff Road and Eastwood Road will also get pedestrian amenities.

“Walk Wilmington: A Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan,” a study adopted by the city in 2009, identifies major corridors, such as Oleander Drive and Market Street, as high-priority locations for marked crosswalks and pedestiran signals.

That said, beyond what is in the works already, neither the city, nor the N.C. Department of Transportation, which maintains Market and Oleander, have money budgeted for more pedestrian improvements.

“We’re making slow progress,” Mello said. “We recognize that the need is out there.”

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