In spring 2009, the City of Wilmington applied for and received a Fit Community Grant for $60,000. This funding was used to construct North Carolina’s first bicycle boulevard along the western part of the River to Sea Bikeway. It also will be funding the intersection improvements at Ann Street and South Fifth Street, Wilmington. The City of Wilmington along with a contribution from the Residents of Old Wilmington funded the intersection improvements at Ann Street and South Third Street, Wilmington. These intersection improvements allow for cyclists and pedestrians to safely maneuver along the downtown portion of the River to Sea Bikeway.
In Summer 2010 the New Hanover County Health Department applied for an Eat Smart Move More grant that will provide construction costs for an off-road multi-use path along Colwell Avenue. Currently, there is a multi-use path to connect Park Avenue to Colwell Avenue along the River to Sea Bikeway. This funding will allow the multi-use path to continue toward Castle Street.
The City of Wilmington is considering applying for grant funding for the portion of the River to Sea Bikeway between South 15th Street and the multi-use path along Colwell Avenue. This connection will create an extension of the Ann Street Bicycle Boulevard, and will allow cyclists and pedestrians to cross South 16th and South 17th Streets safely. This connection will create a safe, high-visibility bikeway from the Riverfront Farmers’ Market downtown to Park Avenue.
The River to Sea Bikeway intersects with the Cross City Trail at Park Avenue and Independence Boulevard, Wilmington. The City of Wilmington received a Safe Routes to School grant from the N.C. Department of Transportation to complete a multi-use path at this intersection.
Currently, there is not any other funding specifically identified for the River to Sea Bikeway.
Malissa Talbert is a spokeswoman for the City of Wilmington, N.C.
Date posted: January 25, 2011
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