Share your ideas to help people get around town

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Experts don't always have all the answers. When it comes to putting together Cape Fear Moving Forward 2045, the area's transportation plan for the next 25 years, officials want to hear from people who will be impacted most: the public. Residents are invited to an open house to provide feedback and ideas to transportation planners on Wednesday, May 16, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Wilmington City Hall. It will be the last in a series of sessions held this month.

The Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization asked for public response to future bike, rail, ferry and road projects, and the potential impacts on quality of life for residents in southeastern North Carolina. Reps from the WUMPO say the four previous meetings hosted this month have been beneficial.

"We've had almost six hundred responses on the input map, anything from 'hey there's a lot of congestion here', to 'it would be nice to have another bike path here'," said Senior Transportation Planner Abby Lorenzo after Monday night's open house session. "Transportation is very important to everyone in this region. It affects everyone's day-to-day life. All of them are great comments. Nothing is going to be disregarded. We are going to look at everything, analyze everything and take everything into account as we move forward."

Residents can click here for more information about the planning effort, to complete a survey or provide comments through the agency's interactive map.

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