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Why doesn’t the Wilmington Police Department place lettering on the side of the building facing the MLK Parkway so it can be identified from that road?

Amy Hotz
StarNews

Finding the Wilmington Police Department isn’t the easiest thing in the world. And the department knows it.

Wilmington Police Department spokeswoman Lucy Crockett said the city has contacted the N.C. Department of Transportation about erecting signs on the Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway directing motorists to the building at 601 Bess St. But the N.C. DOT turned the department down. A call to the N.C. DOT’s Traffic Engineering Department to find out why the request was turned down was not immediately returned.

“That’s what we thought the best thing would be to do,” Crockett said. “And the reason is that … if you’re coming from east to west, you have to get off an exit that is labeled ‘Burgaw’ … And when you’re coming from the west, you take the MacRae Street exit. So just being able to see the police department doesn’t really get people here.”

But putting a sign on the side of the big gray building facing the Parkway, however, is “not practical,” Crockett said.

There would be a great deal of cost in making and installing a sign big enough to be read by passing motorists. The building is slightly below the parkway and passersby must look over and down to see it.

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One Response to “ Why doesn’t the Wilmington Police Department place lettering on the side of the building facing the MLK Parkway so it can be identified from that road?”

  1. On August 6, 2010 at 9:41 pm M Benton wrote:

    The airport did it with ILM. I find it hard to believe that they could not afford WPD on the back side of the building to identify it and yes you could make it out from the parkway if the lettering was near the top. Many people who travel the parkway still do not know what that building is or how to find it.