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Why aren’t there warning signs on the fountain’s tall curb at Market and 5th in Wilmington?

Ken Little

Joseph Chance, NCDOT deputy division traffic engineer, says he hasn’t received any requests to have the fountain curbing area repaired or altered.

The speed limit on Market Street where the fountain is located is 35 mph.

Some readers have noticed that the curb appears to have been hit by vehicles a number of times.

“If you researched the vehicular accidents involving the fountain you may find that the motorists were exceeding the posted speed limit or under the influence of alcohol,” Chance says.

He adds: “I have not been asked for the past four years that I have worked in the Traffic Department to place any type of delineation on the curbing or any part of the fountain.”

The fountain is in the City of Wilmington’s Historic District “and the Historic Committee is very particular what is placed within the area,” Chance adds.

Requests to delineate the curbing or fountain can be directed to Katie Hite, NCDOT division traffic engineer, at (910) 251-5724.

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7 Responses to “ Why aren’t there warning signs on the fountain’s tall curb at Market and 5th in Wilmington?”

  1. On June 23, 2010 at 8:31 pm tt wrote:

    Why aren’t there warning signs on the fountain’s tall curb at Market and 4th in Wilmington?…………….uh, ’cause it’s tall

  2. On June 23, 2010 at 8:41 pm wayne wrote:

    if they can’t see the wall , they won’t see the signs either

  3. On June 23, 2010 at 11:41 pm Bryan wrote:

    Perhaps it was assumed that the giant fountain in the middle of the road was an adequate warning sign?

  4. On June 26, 2010 at 9:27 am Harold Mann wrote:

    The warning to not hit the curb is the big fountain behind the curb.

  5. On June 26, 2010 at 12:53 pm Tommy wrote:

    I was born here in 1955, natives of Wilmington know where the fountain is and has always been,do the speed limit and be easy on the alcohol, tourists are the biggest reason for hitting the fountain. Do the math 35mph is the speed limit.

  6. On June 26, 2010 at 3:57 pm Bob McKeithan wrote:

    Years ago – mid to late sixties seems about right – the outer circumference of the fountain was trimmed down a bit, greenery was substituted for the lower pools and overall water flow was reduced. These steps were taken to address the problem of the streets staying wet from windborn spray and creating a traffic hazard. To my eyes, the fountain has never been the same since.

  7. On August 20, 2011 at 7:27 am gloria umstetter wrote:

    Why can I not “be particular” about things placed in near my home?

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