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Why does traffic have to stop on Masonboro Loop Road when turning left onto Pine Grove Drive? Why not put the stop sign on Masonboro Sound Road?

Ken Little

Changes are on the way, said Carl Farmer, city of Wilmington capital projects division engineer.

The city has designed a new realignment for the intersection of Masonboro Loop, Pine Grove and Masonboro Sound roads.

“The new intersection will have Masonboro Loop/Pine Grove traffic moving through the intersection and Masonboro Sound Road coming to a stop at a ‘T’ intersection,” Farmer said.

The project also will include a left turn lane on Masonboro Loop/Pine Grove for left turns onto Masonboro Sound Road and to the adjacent developments.

In addition to the realignment, the project will provide improved drainage at the intersection, Farmer said.

The project is funded by the N.C. Department of Transportation and the city of Wilmington. It will be bid at the end of August 2010, Farmer said.

“This will improve the safety of the intersection,” said N.C. DOT spokeswoman Jennifer Garifo.

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9 Responses to “ Why does traffic have to stop on Masonboro Loop Road when turning left onto Pine Grove Drive? Why not put the stop sign on Masonboro Sound Road?”

  1. On August 26, 2010 at 8:26 pm Stanley Outlaw wrote:

    Years ago the stop sign was on the other road and and there was a curve. The long striaght away comeing from the sound lead to high speeds and quite a few people not making the curve and going into what was a pasture.

  2. On August 27, 2010 at 4:28 pm Mike wrote:

    Those of us that live on the north end of the sound will never be able to make a left onto Masonboro Loop between 7:30 am and 8:00 during school. The only fix should be a stop light. More thought should be put into this before a change is made.

  3. On August 30, 2010 at 9:56 am Ann Eubanks wrote:

    I agree the only safe way is to put a traffic light at the intersection .Masonboro Sound Rd. people will have a hard time otherwise and it will be very dangerous.

  4. On August 30, 2010 at 1:38 pm anonymous wrote:

    This wouldn’t be an issue if people used College Rd like they’re supposed to, and quit using Masonboro Loop like some kind of short-cut. I get honked at, and even passed (over the double line) just for daring to actually just go the speed limit there.

    Don’t like bottling up the Sound Rd traffic — I live back there and shouldn’t have to wait for all the short-cutters to roll through. The a.m. backup on MB Loop should stay there till those people learn to use College.

  5. On September 4, 2010 at 10:57 pm Vidya wrote:

    A police officer directing the traffic from 7.15am-8.15am during school days would help!

  6. On September 10, 2010 at 5:13 pm Christina Willis wrote:

    Yeah well imagine what those of us who live off of Beasley go through daily. I have sat at both ends of Beasley (onto Pine Grove OR onto Masonboro Loop) for at least 10 minutes several times over the past two years that I’ve lived here. I never expect to get a swift ride off of Beasley. The traffic in this part of town is horrendous, no matter which way you slice it, you will eventually get screwed.

  7. On November 8, 2010 at 7:06 pm Ken Little wrote:

    Q. When will work start on the intersection of Masonboro Loop Road and Masonboro Sound Road? A contract for this project was supposed to be awarded by the end of August.
    A. Bids were received in August as scheduled, but came in over budget, city of Wilmington spokeswoman Malissa Talbert said.
    “The scope of work for the project is now being adjusted to match the budget. A date for re-bid of the project has not yet been established,” Talbert said.

  8. On February 13, 2011 at 12:38 pm bill jucks wrote:

    current status of pine grove project/masonboro sound

  9. On May 12, 2011 at 9:17 pm Sam wrote:

    I want to make sure I understand the changes about to be made. The way the traffic problem is going to be resolved is to move the stop sign from Masonboro Loop Road to Masonboro Sound Road……that doesn’t make any sense. So now instead of morning traffic backing up on Masonboro Loop Road trying to get on Pine Grove the traffic will now back up on Masonboro Sound Road……..how does that fix a problem?

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