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What’s the latest on crosswalks near Park Avenue and Independence Boulevard?

Shelby Sebens

MyReporter received two related questions:

Question one: Why did the city construct a well-appointed “crosswalk to nowhere” across Park Avenue at the entrance to Empie Park? The end that abuts Hanover Center is blocked by crepe myrtles.

Question two: Is there going to be or when will there be a painted crosswalk at Park and Independence for pedestrians and Gary Shell Cross-City Trail users?

We received this answer from Amy Beatty, interim recreation superintendent with the city of Wilmington:

“To the first question, one of the goals of the Cross-City Trail is to provide connections between neighborhoods and commercial establishments. The crosswalk the writer refers to will allow for a future connection from the Cross-City Trail to Hanover Shopping Center. The property owners will make the improvements necessary for the connection from the crosswalk onto the shopping center property when the owners expand the center on the Park Avenue side.

On the second question, the project that will provide painted crosswalks, push-button activated signal heads, as well as about 900 feet of trail will soon begin at Park and Independence. The City received final approval from the Department of Transportation on April 20. The project should be advertised for construction bidding in May. It is funded through NCDOT’s Safe Routes to School program.”


When will the city honor the namesake for the Gary Shell Cross-City Trail, and correctly identify the trail on its signage?

Who’s responsible for maintaining the Cross-City Trail?

User-contributed question by:
Bob Nichol, Kelley Jones

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