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Area residents have the opportunity tonight to give their feedback on plans to improve–and potentially close–some rail crossings throughout the City of Wilmington.

The N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has scheduled an informal public forum for 5 to 7 p.m. at Sunset Park Baptist Church, 231 Central Blvd.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss preliminary findings of a NCDOT traffic separation study and receive input on improvements to 20 crossings and the possible closure of six. Those potential closings are located at South Fourth Street; Hooper and Martin streets; South Eighth Street, South 10th Street, South Sixth and Martin streets; and Clay Street.

The study is being conducted to ensure safety of train crews, motorists, bicyclists and pedestrains at city rail corridors, according to a release from NCDOT.

Residents who want to learn more or voice their opinions may stop in anytime during the two-hour forum; there will not be a formal presentation. NCDOT officials will be on hand to take questions and comments.

Those who are unable to attend the meeting can submit their feedback to NCDOT by Friday, June 12. Click here to view project maps.