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Will bike lanes be painted on the Bradley Creek bridge on Oleander Drive?

Julian March
StarNews

Q. When Military Cutoff was repaved the lane lines for the pedestrian/bike lanes on Oleander Drive at the Bradley Creek bridge were eliminated. It is dangerous to cross the bridge without the lane lines. Will they be repainted?

A: The N.C. Department of Transportation recently repaved a section of Oleander Drive that includes the Bradley Creek bridge.

White lines mark the edge of the lanes on Wilmington’s Bradley Creek bridge on Oleander Drive in 2012, before a recent paving project.

White lines mark the edge of the lanes on Wilmington’s Bradley Creek bridge on Oleander Drive in 2012, before a recent paving project. Google.com

 

Before the paving, there were no specified bicycle lanes on the bridge, said Wanda James, an assistant resident engineer with the DOT.

There was, however, a white line marking the edge of the lane that did leave some space between the lane and the wall of the bridge.

As of mid-November 2013, those lines had not yet been added back, but they will be, James said. Rainy weather slowed contractors from painting the lines sooner, she said.

Additionally, there are separate efforts under way to add bicycle lanes along Wrightsville Avenue, from Greenville Avenue to Oleander Drive, said Mike Kozlosky, the executive director of the Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization.

“This would provide a safe alternative to crossing the Bradley Creek Bridge on Oleander Drive,” Kozlosky said.

RELATED LINKS:

Who was the Bradley for whom Bradley Creek is named?

Are pedestrians allowed to walk across the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge?

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