A new traffic study kicked off Tuesday afternoon with a meeting between stakeholders in Wilmington.
The meeting included Wilmington city staffers, business owners, and concerned residents. The various parties met at Wilmington City Hall.
The study, conducted by STV Incorporated, will assess traffic concerns around train tracks in the Port City. Scot Sibert, Transportation Planning Manager for STV Incorporated, said the ultimate goal of the study is to improve traffic signals add in gates near train track intersections.
Some of those in attendance took the opportunity to speak about concerns with the Love Grove neighborhood. The community has been limited by one neighborhood access point. The community has been blocked by stalled trains for extended periods of time.
"We have track condition issues throughout the entire city, with the timbers popping off of the rails, with the spikes popping out in some locations, but in the question of Love Grove, when the derailment happens at Love Grove, there is no way out," said former Wilmington City Council member Ron Sparks.
A second access to the neighborhood could be developed if taxpayers approve a bond referendum that will be on the ballot in November.
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