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Does the city of Wilmington have any plans to paint crosswalks at Dock and Second streets?

Calvin Shomaker

The city has no plans to paint crosswalks at the intersection of Dock and Second streets, according to Randall Glazier, Wilmington’s signs & markings engineer.

“Even if the crosswalks aren’t marked, they’re still there,” Glazier said. “It is not required by the statutes that crosswalks be painted.”

Glazier said the city evaluates requests by determining who is using the road. Their highest priority is heavy traffic intersections near schools. Other factors include number of pedestrians using the road as well as the type of pedestrians, speed of passing traffic and most frequent times of travel.

“People get used to seeing crosswalks and then there is no extra emphasis,” said Glazier.

Crosswalks are visual clues for drivers, Glazier says, who warns that if crosswalks were painted at every intersection, they could become less noticeable for drivers.

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