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Why doesn’t every intersection in Wilmington and New Hanover County have visible street name signs?

Ken Little
StarNews

In Wilmington, “we try to keep street names on two corners of all unsignalized intersections, usually above the stop signs,” says Don Bennett, city traffic engineering manager.

“At signalized intersections, we use the overhead street name signs mounted to the traffic signal and that’s on all publicly maintained roadways,” Bennett says.

Owners of gated communities or private roadways are responsible for signage there, Bennett said. That’s also the case in New Hanover County, at least initially, says county Property Management Director Jerome Fennell.

Public road signs are put up and maintained by New Hanover County, Fennell says.

If a sign in New Hanover County is missing, Fennell asks people to call 798-4330 or 798-4336.

“We have a street signs technician and they will go out there and take care of it. If somebody sees one, we count on citizens to give us a hand. They see them long before we know they’re down,” Fennell says.

In Wilmington, Bennett says citizens should call 911 to report a missing sign or damaged traffic control device.

“It creates a record,” Bennett says.

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2 Responses to “ Why doesn’t every intersection in Wilmington and New Hanover County have visible street name signs?”

  1. On January 23, 2010 at 3:37 pm anoynomous wrote:

    why have someone tie up a 911 emergancy line for a missing traffic control device or signage when they can call the non emergancy number 452-6120 and do the same exact thing and it not tie the 911 lines up at all i do not believe that this is actually a true emergancy to report this by calling 911

  2. On April 11, 2010 at 10:33 pm anoynomous wrote:

    Since, a big part of our area is a tourist community and a melting pot for new residences. Lets make it a little friendlier and easier to get around by reporting missing street signs to the folks that can replace them.



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