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I often see State Ports vehicles pulling over drivers at Burnett Boulevard and Third Street lately when I never did before. Why?

Ken Little

Cliff Pyron, senior manager of external affairs at the North Carolina Ports, said in an email response to the question that the N.C. Department of Transportation has issued a trucking ordinance associated with the Greenfield Lake Culvert Project.

“The North Carolina State Ports Authority is cooperating with the City of Wilmington and assisting the Wilmington Police Department with the enforcement of this trucking ordinance,” Pyron said.

Ports police are giving out state citations in violation of the posted DOT ordinance (#1071687 in accordance with GS 20-141(i)), Pyron said.

He said that traffic is restricted to local freight, including trucks and buses, between the hours of 7 to 10 a.m. southbound and from 3 to 6 p.m. northbound Monday through Friday for the intersection of South Front Street and Burnett Boulevard.

“To be clear, this is all local freight traffic, not just traffic coming to or from the port. As you know, there are numerous private terminals up and down River Road, Raleigh Street, etc., that rely on the flow of truck traffic within their final mile,” Pyron said.

“This is not a lane for pickup trucks or SUVs. The public seems to be confused on that end for some reason,” Pyron added.

The Greenfield Lake Culvert Project is an NCDOT project. Pyron said that any questions about the project or ordinance should be directed to NCDOT Division 3 office at 910-341-2000.

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