Consider This: Transportation Bond

APRIL 19, 2006 -- Let's face it. If you work or live in Wilmington, traffic congestion is a problem. Everyone complains about the city's traffic woes, but now residents have an opportunity to do something about them.

On May 2, Wilmington residents will decide whether to approve a $14 million transportation bond. If approved, the money will be allocated to projects that include widening Independence Boulevard between Shipyard and Carolina Beach Road, street improvements on North 3rd Street from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway intersection to Market Street, constructing sidewalks in high traffic areas, improving safety on neighborhood streets, and a much-needed traffic signal upgrade to allow for better timing and coordination of the 190 traffic signals throughout the city.

Best of all, since these projects are already in the city's Capital Improvement Program, approving this bond referendum will not result in an increase in the city property tax. So if you're a resident of Wilmington, and a registered voter, we urge you to vote yes for the transportation bond on May 2. It won't solve all of the traffic issues in our growing city, but it will result in major improvements to our traffic management system.

That's what we think, tell us what you think.