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Will the concrete divider that marks the path of the Cross-City Trail where it crosses George Anderson Drive be painted a visible color?

Brian Freskos

Wilmington has plans to increase the visibility of pedestrian refuge islands on the Cross-City Trail by dying them and scoring them in a brick pattern, said Joshuah Mello, the city’s associate transportation planner.

Mello also said the contractor in charge, Cape Fear Paving, is tasked with adding pavement tapers to guide drivers around the refuge facilities.

Additionally, signs will be posted on approach to notify drivers of the obstruction, he said.

Wilmington’s Cross-City Trail initiative envisions pedestrian and bicycle trails running 20 miles from Wade Park to Wrightsville Beach, according to the city’s website.

Two portions are currently under construction, and Mello said completion of those is slated for November. The final portion, from South College Road at Randall Parkway to Rill Road, is due for finishing touches in April.

Along with George Anderson Drive, refuge islands mark Cross-City Trail crosswalks on Park Avenue in front of Empie Park and on Museum Drive near the Cameron Art Museum.

Refuge islands are basically elevated concrete slabs that give walkers and bicyclists a temporary haven from passing motorists.

But for residents like Donna Young, the islands can pose a safety hazard during construction.

Young, 43, a mother in the Pine Valley neighborhood, said she was driving along George Anderson on July 22 in approach to 17th Street when her vehicle suddenly struck the refuge island. Her tire blew.

“The concrete is almost the same color as the road itself,” she said.

Young was aware of the construction because the island had previously been marked by orange construction barrels. But the barrels were absent that day.

Young said Friday the construction barrels had been replaced, and she agreed that markings slated under design specifications would sufficiently alert vehicles.

Numerous messages placed with Cape Fear Paving went unreturned.

Related link:

Phase two of Cross-City Trail opens this month

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2 Responses to “ Will the concrete divider that marks the path of the Cross-City Trail where it crosses George Anderson Drive be painted a visible color?”

  1. On November 9, 2010 at 2:09 pm Charles wrote:

    Ambulances even hit this “refuge island” when it is raining. You cannot see the paint striping. Needs reflectors!

  2. On November 9, 2010 at 11:12 pm Mark wrote:

    They removed the island on museum drive, just a few days after it appeared that someone had struck this island and left a lot of debris from the front of their car. Still no markings, reflectors or cones. Wish they had planned better for installing these things.

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