Thursday, December 8, 2022

Wilmington approves adding more bikable, walkable trails to midtown

Wilmington city council approved two projects, South College Road Trail and Parke Avenue Multi-Use Path, to increase walkability and accessibility of public parks.

Wilmington city council approved two projects, South College Road Trail and Parke Avenue Multi-Use Path, to increase walkability and accessibility of public parks. (Port City Daily graphic/ COURTESY CITY OF WILMINGTON)
Wilmington city council approved two projects, South College Road Trail and Park Avenue Multi-Use Path, to increase walkability and accessibility of public parks. (Port City Daily graphic/ COURTESY CITY OF WILMINGTON)

WILMINGTON—The midtown area will soon be more accessible to those on foot – or two wheels.

Wilmington city council approved South College Road Trail and Park Avenue Multi-Use Path, projects that have been in the works since 2014.

  • The South College Road Trial will connect 17th Street to Holly Tree Road through a walkable trail on the west side of South College. It also includes bike lanes that straddle both sides of Holly Tree Road to connect Shipyard Boulevard.
  • The Park Avenue Multi-Use Trail, now in “Phase II” of development, will provide cyclists a path along Park Avenue between Audubon Drive and Kerr Avenue.

Both projects were approved for funding during city council’s meeting Tuesday evening.

South College Road Trail was approved at a cost of $1.439 million. The 1.3-mile multi-use path is designed to eventually connect the planned Greenville Loop Trail.

City Council granted the Park Avenue Multi-Use Trail a $300,000 increase from its initially budgeted cost of $491,473, initially approved in November. The increase was justified to reflect “conceptual layout rather than an engineered design” according to the proposal.

When completed, the project will include a half mile, 10-foot wide off-road multi-use path with two pedestrian bridges.

The Park Avenue Multi-Use Path will provide cyclists a path along Park Avenue between Audubon Drive and Kerr Avenue. (Port City Daily photo /COURTESY CITY OF WILMINGTON)
The Park Avenue Multi-Use Path will provide cyclists a path along Park Avenue between Audubon Drive and Kerr Avenue. (Port City Daily photo /COURTESY CITY OF WILMINGTON)

Johanna Ferebee can be reached at johanna@localvoicemedia.com or @j__ferebee on Twitter

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