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How can a resident request a sidewalk on their street inside city limits?

Julian March
StarNews

Q. The lack of sidewalks in the neighborhood leading to Noble Middle School is a safety concern for children walking/riding bikes to school. Children are having to walk along the street and share the road with cars that are backed up waiting to drop off/pick up. Also, when it rains, the yards are muddy, which encourages the kids to step out into the street. How can we make this a priority with the city of Wilmington by placing a sidewalk down Lou Belle Street?

A. We posed the question to Mike Kozlosky, the city’s transportation planning manager. He wrote:

“The city of Wilmington does not have a formal process to request a sidewalk inside the city limits. The city of Wilmington’s capital improvement program includes funds for the construction of bicycle and pedestrian improvements such as sidewalks, bicycle lanes, multi-use trails and crosswalks. The city utilizes adopted plans to develop and implement the bicycle and pedestrian network. Through these planning efforts, the city works with the citizens through public engagement efforts to develop these long range plans. The city currently utilizes Cape Fear Commutes 2035 Transportation Plan, Walk Wilmington: A Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan, the Wilmington/New Hanover Comprehensive Greenway plan and other adopted plans to implement a connected bicycle and pedestrian network.”

This MyReporter questioner specifically asked about a possible sidewalk on Lou Belle Street near Noble Middle School. Kozlosky said Walk Wilmington: A Comprehensive Pedestrian Plan includes Lou Belle Street as a long-term sidewalk priority.

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Why are there virtually no sidewalks in Wilmington or New Hanover County?

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