Pedestrian Improvements Are Coming To Oleander Drive

A busy night for City Council who was joined by members of the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra and international students from UNCW during the Tuesday, Feb. 15 meeting.

Council heard a presentation by the Wilmington Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee from WMPO Deputy Director Abby Lorenzo.

A big part of that presentation was explaining updates to how the committee prioritizes new projects.

“I think it’s important that the public realize that prioritizing bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, it is important. The departments represented within this committee all have different experiences, different viewpoints, and are all somehow involved in either the planning, delivery, and then making sure people stay safe on the facility after they have been constructed,” Lorenzo said.

Speaking of pedestrian infrastructure, council voted to approve $650,000 worth of sidewalk improvements along Oleander Drive from Wooster Street to Mimosa Place.

In addition to installing new sidewalk, the project will install sidewalk across the railroad and getting curb ramps along intersections.

“Most of the construction will happen at night, a little bit during the day. Three properties along that project corridor will be impacted, we’ve already talked with them, coordinated with them,“ said Jason Pace, senior project engineer.

The seven-month project is expected to start in late February and finish in September.

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