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Independence Boulevard expansion still being considered

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The City of Wilmington and DOT have been in talks of expanding Independence Boulevard. The City of Wilmington and DOT have been in talks of expanding Independence Boulevard.
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

Wilmington City Council took steps Tuesday evening to complete its transportation bond project; however, that's not the only roadway project the council has been discussing.

According to Mike Kozlosky, Executive Director of the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization, the City of Wilmington and DOT have been in talks of expanding Independence Boulevard.

Kozlosky said this project has been discussed since 1972. He explained that expanding Independence Boulevard would take a lot of traffic pressure off College Road, one of the city's busiest streets.

He said the state and federal government would be responsible for paying for most of the $152 million project.

If the extension is built, Kozlosky said Independence Boulevard would be able to carry drivers the entire length of the city like never before.

"Providing this additional north-south connection would allow you to travel fluently north through the city and then hop on the Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway and then out to College Road," said Kozlosky.

The city planner said that right now this project is still in the planning stages and is currently not scheduled to begin before the year 2020.

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