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Why isn’t there a right turn lane out of Station Road onto Market Street?

Shelby Sebens

The Market Street Corridor Plan, which is under consideration by the county and city planning commissions, suggests a modified leftover (they extend lanes and allow cars to turn left) at Station Road and Market Street. The study calls for an “unsignalized turbo lane,” which operates as a stop-controlled intersection, but includes an acceleration lane for vehicles turning left from the minor street onto the main one, Wilmington MPO Executive Director Mike Kozlosky said.

“This addition allows for a more seamless merge movement, reducing delay and vehicular friction. The primary benefits of this intersection configuration are the ability to allow free flow through movement while still accommodating the heavy left-turn movement, which can merge with through traffic at speed,” he said.

Kozlosky said engineers would have to evaluate the intersection to see if separate lanes are warranted and what drainage issues there might be. Funding for design and construction also would need to be identified. He also said separate lanes might or might not need additional right of way.

But, again, the Market Street Corridor plan suggests the unsignalized turbo lane, he said.

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