This question was answered by Mike Kozlosky, executive director of the Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization:
“The Wilmington MPO and City of Wilmington completed Walk Wilmington: A Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan that was adopted by the Wilmington City Council on Aug. 4, 2009. Walk Wilmington: A Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan recommends the addition of pedestrian signals to the existing signal at the intersection of Carolina Beach Road and Shipyard Boulevard. The plan includes “pedestrian crossing signals and new sidewalks are recommended for location in the vicinity of this intersection.” Below please find a list of recommendations at this location and conceptual design from the Walk Wilmington: A Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan.
The following concept plan illustrates the proposed recommendations for improvements to this intersection. Highlights of the physical improvements include:
- Install high-visibility crosswalks on all four legs of intersection. (Note: this will require relocating the stop bar and vehicle detection loops in the pavement.)
- Install high-visibility crosswalks on right-turn slip lanes on Carolina Beach Road.
- Install large traffic islands on northwest and southeast corners of intersection.
- Install median pedestrian refuge island on Shipyard Boulevard. Widen eastern Shipyard Boulevard median from 4 feet to 8 feet.
- Narrow eastbound travel lanes on Shipyard Boulevard to 11 feet.
- Install pedestrian countdown signals and activation equipment for all crosswalks.
- Reduce right-turn radius on northeast and southwest corners of intersection to 55 feet and 50 feet, respectively.
- Install sidewalk leading north and east from northeast corner of intersection.
- Ensure all driveways are Wilmington standard “ramp” type. Close southern McDonald’s driveway on Carolina Beach Road.
Date posted: December 8, 2011
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