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What is the status of the College Road and Oleander Drive project?

Patrick Gannon

Improvements to the busy intersection of South College Road and Oleander Drive have never been entirely off the table, but plans have changed quite a bit.

The N.C. Department of Transportation decided — after much public scrutiny — to abandon a controversial, roughly $40 million project to entirely realign that intersection. Instead, it is working on a couple of smaller fixes that it hopes will help alleviate congestion and delays there. It has already added extra left-turn lanes from Oleander onto College in both directions.

Next, it plans to construct an additional right turn lane from westbound Oleander onto northbound College. That should happen within the next year or so, said Patrick Riddle, DOT division project manager.

The DOT has also talked about adding another northbound through lane on South College from Shipyard Boulevard to the Kmart area. That would help battle traffic congestion along that stretch by adding more capacity.

The city of Wilmington is also working on a $500,000 drainage project in the area of College and Oleander, Riddle said.

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