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Why is the city only improving two blocks of Mallard Drive?

Ken Little

Ashley Morton (left) and Jordan Daywalt use the Cross City Trail to ride to Wrightsville Beach Friday June 18, 2010. STAFF PHOTO BY Paul Stephen/Wilmington StarNews

Q. Rose Avenue starts at Wrightsville Avenue and after two miles turns into Mallard Drive, so why is the city concentrating beautifications like sidewalks, curbing etc. along two blocks of Mallard Drive and not the rest of the road?

A. The improvements constructed along Mallard Drive are a part of the Gary Shell Cross-City Trail.

The trail facility takes the form of a multi-use path paralleling Rose Avenue until it reaches an easement at the Rose Ave./Mallard Dr./Hooker Rd. intersection, said Amy Beatty, superintendent for recreation and downtown services for the city of Wilmington

“When the City conducted public outreach efforts prior to construction, College Acres residents indicated they supported a combination of sidewalks and on-road bike lanes verses a multi-use path. As a result, the trail facility along Mallard Drive and Rill Road takes the form of sidewalks and bike lanes,” Beatty said.

She said that at the foot of Teal Street, the trail returns to a multi-use path where it connects to the bridge over the Bradley Creek headwaters.

“The trail will continue from this point through the Autumn Hall Development and connect to the existing path on Eastwood Road,” Beatty said.

That section of the Cross-City Trail began construction two weeks ago “and is expected to be completed in December,” Beatty said.


Why does the Cross-City Trail cross Independence Boulevard twice?

How will the last Cross-City Trail section be constructed?


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