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Why did DOT put up poles on Market Street near Kerr Avenue rather than a median?

Ken Little
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The complete question:

Why did the Department of Transportation choose to put up poles along a portion of Market Street near Kerr Avenue rather than a median like the one at New Centre Drive?  I understand they are trying to limit left turns near the intersection, but the poles are cheap and quite an eyesore.

And the answer:

The Dura-Curb with panel delineation is a temporary measure to prohibit left turn movements into the new Walgreens at the corner of Kerr Avenue and Market Street, said Gerard M. Taylor, the New Hanover County maintenance engineer for the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Highways.

“The Dura-Curb was placed by the commercial developer as a requirement of the driveway permit. A Transportation Improvement Project is currently scheduled to begin within the next two years. At that time, a concrete median island will be installed in relation to the roadway widening of Market Street,” Taylor said.

If installed now, the median island would have be moved and relocated, “thus increasing the overall project cost,” he said.

http://www.myreporter.com/?p=8918 Could Market Street be turned into a 3-lane street between 17th Street and Colonial Drive?

http://www.myreporter.com/?p=11241 What is being constructed in the median of U.S. 74/76 near Compass Point in Leland?

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One Response to “ Why did DOT put up poles on Market Street near Kerr Avenue rather than a median?”

  1. On March 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm Henry wrote:

    I agree. How can we make Market Street look more tacky? Those posts will just get beaten up and run over by traffic until the DOT has to remove them like they did on 17/74 at the Leland exit. If the developer of Walgreens is footing the bill, they should have been made to put in a median even if it had to be torn up in two years. How did they get away with this at this intersection. It was a cheap way out that never should have happened.