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When does the City of Wilmington hope to start on the four laning of Randall Parkway?

Julian March

Traffic flows along Randall Parkway . Staff Photo BY KEN BLEVINS / WILMINGTON STAR NEWS

Q.  When does the City of Wilmington hope to start constuction on the four laning of Randall Parkway between Covil Avenue and College Road? I recall reading that construction was to start in the spring of 2010.

UPDATE: The project has begun, according to a release from the city issued Jan. 11, 2013:

Randall Parkway widening project now underway

Work on the Randall Parkway widening project began last month with vegetation clearing and has continued the last two weeks with construction of underground stormwater drainage improvements. Randall Pond had to be lowered while new stormwater drainage pipes were installed, but the pond will be refilled over the next week.

When complete, the 15-month project will alleviate heavy congestion that regularly occurs between Kerr Avenue to South College Road and will also extend the Cross-City Trail from Brailsford Drive to Marlboro Street. Most of the $5.6 million project is funded by federal and state monies and the 2006 voter-approved transportation bond. More information is available here.

PREVIOUS ANSWER: The city plans to advertise the project to contractors this summer and begin construction as early as the fall of 2012, said Malissa Talbert, a city spokeswoman.

Engineers had to update the project plans to adhere to 2012 state standards and revise the plans to accommodate an N.C. Department of Transportation project to widen Kerr Avenue.

Those revisions have been completed and the city has all the permits to widen about two miles of Randall Parkway between Independence Boulevard and South College Road. The project also includes the addition of bike lanes and sidewalks. The construction should last 15 months.


Is Randall Pond stocked with fish and is fishing allowed in the pond?

How can Randall Pond be used as an effective flood control tool when it appears to be at maximum capacity all the time?

Si Cantwell

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