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What’s the progress on the 2014 Transportation Bond projects?

Calvin Shomaker

So far, 13 of 37 projects from Wilmington’s $55 million 2014 Transportation Bond have begun and three have been completed. The completed projects include a crosswalk at the intersection of Kerr and Wilshire, a sidewalk on 23rd Street from Princess Place Drive to Belvedere Drive, as well as sidewalks connecting South 17th Street to Oleander Drive and Wrightsville Avenue.

On Feb. 17, the city broke ground for a $5 million two-lane bridge that will pass over Smith Creek to One Tree Hill Way for a second access to the Love Grove neighborhood.The project is expected to take about a year.

Also beginning this month, Wilmington is installing almost a mile of sidewalks through neighborhoods from North Kerr Avenue to Princess Place Drive. McClelland Drive, Fairlawn Drive, Clover Road and Gleason Road are expected to see sidewalk additions.

Malissa Talbert, Wilmington’s communications officer, said no construction date has been announced for the 1.4-mile trail on Masonboro Loop Road from Navaho Trail to Pine Grove Drive, but the city is finalizing designs, easements and coordination with the Department of Transportation and utility companies.

The Pine Grove Drive and Greenville Loop Road Roundabout has been projected for next year and the Greenville Loop Trail is slated for 2020.

The city is in the design process of linking trails from the intersection at Randall Parkway and Kerr Avenue to UNC Wilmington via Hurst Drive. The design process has begun for paths on South College Road that will connect the Cross-City Trail at South 17th Street to the Greenville Loop Trail. More sidewalk additions to Wrightsville Avenue and Oleander Drive are expected in the near future.

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