WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The NC Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting to discuss a project the agency is studying that would upgrade a section of Carolina Beach Road to a four-lane, median divided roadway.
The proposal would add a grassy median that would be raised above the roadway and would stretch along Carolina Beach Road from Burnett Boulevard to Shipyard Boulevard. The median would be between 17.5 and 23 feet wide.
According to NCDOT's online documents associated with the project, Carolina Beach Road has congestion and mobility deficiencies along the 1.5-mile section. Currently, the stretch between Burnett and Shipyard boulevards is a five-lane road consisting of two travel lanes in each direction and a two-way center turn lane with more than 100 driveways and 21 cross streets.
The lack of access control, coupled with the numerous street and driveway connections, substantially reduces the mobility of that section of Carolina Beach Road and makes it unsafe for motorists and pedestrians, according to NCDOT officials.
The project plans to do the following:
- Improve vehicular safety through access management. Reducing conflict points by minimizing driveways, median openings, left-over turn lanes in the median
- Improve pedestrian safety by installing sidewalks and pedestrian crossing facilities
- Relieve congestion
The public meeting will be held at Sunset Park Elementary's cafeteria, located at 613 Alabama Avenue in Wilmington, on Monday, Oct. 30 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Representatives with the NCDOT will be at the meeting and will share information, answer questions, and take comments from residents. There will be no formal presentation and participants are encouraged to drop in anytime during the meeting.
You can also submit comments or questions at the meeting or afterward by Nov. 13 to:
Susan Westberry, AICP
5030 New Center Drive, Suite B
Wilmington, NC 28403
Construction isn't expected to begin until the end of 2021.