The reason there’s a sign on Interstate 40 that says Wilmington is seven miles away when you will be greeted by the “Welcome to Wilmington” sign much earlier is simple. The N.C. Department of Transportation determines what mileage to put on the sign based on the distance from the sign to the center of the town, not the city’s outer limits. So as you approach Wilmington from I-40, you are seeing a sign that tells you the center of Wilmington is seven miles from that point.
Date posted: February 1, 2011
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