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The Cavalier Drive area at Eastwood Road is dangerous with heavy use of the center lane for Mayfaire and local street access. Will anything be done to improve it?

Ken Little

Q. I live on Mount Vernon Drive. With the new Cavalier Drive Mayfaire access on Eastwood Road as well as the existing Town Center Drive access, turning onto my street from the Wrightsville Beach end of Eastwood Road, using the center turn lane invites a head-on collision or a scary near miss. As more folks learn of this Cavalier Drive access, the traffic in the turn lane can increase to block our street’s access to the lane itself. Is NCDOT planning to do anything about it?

A. Plans are in place to address the issue, said Benjamin T. Hughes, Division 3 District of Highways district engineer for the state Department of Transportation.

With the next phase of the Cambridge Village Development on the north side of Eastwood Road and consistent with Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization plans, known as the “Eastwood Road Preferred Access Plan,” Hughes said that Cavalier Drive “will be signalized and a median will be installed from this intersection west, terminating at Town Center Drive.”

“Median installation will eliminate the conflicting left turn between Cardinal Drive and Mt. Vernon Drive that your reader has concerns about. As with the rest of this corridor, left turns from side roads will be accommodated with right turns and corresponding U-turns,” Hughes said.

No timetable was specified for the work.

A PDF of the plan can be viewed here. The Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization website where the plan and many others in the area can be viewed is at http://www.wmpo.org/plans/.

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