Wilmington City Council has approved a resolution awarding a contract to design an additional access to the Love Grove neighborhood–the first major contract approved from the voter-approved 2014 transportation bond.
City officials believe the improvements will address a long-held concern in the area about the need for another access into and out of the neighborhood.
“The new access will provide a connection for the back of the Love Grove neighborhood to 23rd Street,” Wilmington City Spokeswoman Malissa Talbert said. “This neighborhood is currently only served with one entrance, which can be blocked by train traffic. Another entrance will guarantee access to this neighborhood, regardless of train schedules.”
Suraiya Rashid, senior transportation planner for the City of Wilmington stated that the changes were needed because it was also a safety issue.
“In 2013, a train went off the rails in the Love Grove neighborhood—blocking access for not just the residents but emergency vehicles as well.”
The $44 million transportation bond, which city voters approved in a referendum last fall, will be leveraged with available city funds for a total of $55 million worth of projects, which will be completed by 2020.
The transportation bond garnered the support of nearly 65 percent of city voters in 2014.
Other improvements at Dawson and Wooster streets and crosswalks on those streets at their intersections with Eighth Street are all scheduled to start this calendar year.
James Mieczkowski is a news reporter for Port City Daily. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org On Twitter: @mieczkowskiPCD