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Why did the trail along Eastwood Road have to be torn up so soon after it was built?

Julian March

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Workers with the city of Wilmington begin to close off parts of the the Cross City Trail for a stormwater project along Eastwood Road near Calvalier Drive. That part of the trail will be closed until the project is completed.

It’s great that a walking path/bike path is being built alongside Eastwood Road. But who/what is responsible for it being built and then about two years later having to spend money to re-do it? Why wasn’t it done correctly the first time?

And here’s the answer:

The work along the side of Eastwood Road just before Military Cutoff Road that closed a portion of the Cross-City Trail is actually a city storm water and drainage project, said Amy Beatty, a recreation superintendent with the city.

The trail just happened to be in the path of where crews needed to dig to lay the pipes.

“There was no way to install the project without removing the path,” she said. “The path will be fully restored.”

The project should be wrapped up sometime during the next few months.

There is another city project to add a signal-controlled pedestrian crossing at Eastwood Road and Rogersville Road.

“That project will enable people to safely cross Eastwood Road,” she said.

When it is completed in about a month, it will also serve as a trail detour during the Eastwood Road drainage work.

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