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A utility pole at a Wilmington intersection is blocking my view of traffic. Whom do I call?

Julian March
StarNews

The utility poles at Greenville and Myrtle avenues. Google Maps.

Q. When I try to cross Greenville Ave from Myrtle Ave I have a hard time seeing traffic because of a telephone pole blocking the view. Who do I contact to see about getting the telephone pole in question moved?

A. If you identify a visibility issue on a city of Wilmington street, you can call the city’s traffic engineering office at 910-341-7888.

A traffic engineer can evaluate the issue to determine what step to take. It is possible some problems could go to Code Enforcement, while traffic engineering can evaluate permanent obstructions, such as hedges, trees or signs.

In this specific case, Traffic Engineer Don Bennett pulled an image of the Greenville and Myrtle avenue intersection up on Google street view.

“I think I probably see the pole in question,” Bennet said. He said it appeared to be two utility poles owned by Progress Energy.

Bennett said someone from his office would evaluate the intersection. If there’s a problem, they will alert Progress Energy, he said.

In some cases, if something cannot be moved, traffic officials will post a sign to warn that an intersection is ahead.

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