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How do I request a lane expansion on Wrightsville Avenue at College Road?

Ken Little
StarNews

 Q. I am a UNCW graduate student and spend a good amount of time on College Road. At the intersection of South College Road and Wrightsville Avenue, heading west away from the beach, traffic gets terribly backed up. Many cars trying to turn left are unable to get into the left-turn lane because of the double yellow line. In the right lane, there is grass and a curb far to the right of where the lane has been established. My question is if as a citizen, am I able to make requests for lane expansion? In this case, it seems that the grass property in between the road and the curb is already owned by the DOT and the road is not taking full advantage of its space! As the university grows and traffic increases, I hate to see Wrightsville remain so congested.

A.  “Typically when intersections are designed, the turn lanes are based on the number of cars that make certain movements,” said Jessi Booker, N.C. Department of Transportation Division Three deputy traffic engineer.

“We can certainly investigate this concern and determine what current traffic conditions would warrant,” Booker said.

“Please note that if additional widening is warranted it may take time to identify a funding source, but the appropriate units will be made aware so that we can work on finding a way to address it,” Booker said.

To make such a request or suggestion, call DOT’s Division 3 office at (910) 341-0300.

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