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Updated:
September 10, 2013

Improvement Projects (from west to east):

Completed and Funded Improvements

  1. Shared-Lane Pavement Markings: The first shared-lane pavement markings (sharrows) in the City of Wilmington have been installed along Market Street between N & S Water St, S Front St between Market St and Ann St and Ann St between S Front St and S 15th St. Completed 2010.

  2. Bicycle Wayfinding Signage: Bicycle wayfinding signs have been installed along Market Street between N & S Water St, S Front St between Market St and Ann St and Ann St between S Front St and S 15th St. These signs have also been installed along the recently completed Wood Dale Drive bicycle lanes and Donna Avenue multi-use path. Completed 2010.

  3. Bicycle Parking: Bicycle parking has been installed at the intersections of Market St at N Water St, S Front St at Dock St and S Front St at Orange St. This parking is well signed and two of the locations are in-street, making it much more accessible. Completed 2010.

  4. Ann St at S 3rd St Pedestrian & Bicycle Crossing: A pedestrian and bicycle crossing of busy S 3rd St (US 17 Business) has been constructed by the City of Wilmington. This crossing includes a partial median closure, curb bulb-outs, high-visibility crosswalks and the first rectagular rapid flash pedestrian beacon in North Carolina. This project is funded jointly by the City of Wilmington and the Residents of Old Wilmington neighborhood association. Completed 2010.

  5. Ann St at S 10th St Stormwater Street Retrofit: The City of Wilmington has worked with North Carolina State University to design a stormwater street retorfit for the intersection of Ann St and S 10th St. These improvements will include curb bulbouts with stormwater biotreatment facilities. These bulbouts will provide traffic calming, environmental and aesthetic benefits to the bicycle boulevard and the immediate area. The city is currently seeking grant funding to construct these improvements. In design.

  6. S. 13th Street Shared-Lane Pavement Markings:  Shared-lane pavement markings have been installed along S. 13th Street between Ann Street and Castle Street and along Castle Street between S. 13th Street and S. 15th Street.  This provides a safe alternative to the Ann Street Bicycle Boulevard, particularly for bicyclists traveling east-bound as they are able to turn left onto Castle Street at a signalized intersection.

  7. Colwell Avenue Multi-use Path – the City of Wilmington in conjunction with the New Hanover County Health Department received funding from Eat Smart Move More to construct a multi-use path along Colwell Avenue between S. 19th Street and Kent Street. 

  8. Colwell Avenue Multi-use Path at Dawson Street Pedestrian & Bicycle Crossing: A new pedestrian and bicycle crossing of busy Dawson Street was completed recently. This crossing includes a refuge island and high-visibility crosswalks. This project was funded by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Completed 2009.

  9. Greenway along Park Avenue from Hawthorne Road/Forest Hills Drive to Southeast corner of Empie Park – This project also includes high visibility crosswalks and pedestrian push button signal heads at the intersection of Park Avenue and Independence Boulevard.  This is the intersection of the River to Sea Bikeway and the Gary Shell Cross-City Trail, funded by NC Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School Program. 

  10. COMING SOON:  Greenway along Park Avenue from the Southeast Corner of Empie Park to Audubon Boulevard – This project is funded by a 2013 Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant.  It will traverse the north side of Park Avenue, connecting Empie Park to Audubon Boulevard. 

  11. Wood Dale Connector: Bicycle lanes along Wood Dale Dr between UNCW and Wrightsville Ave and a new multi-use path along Donna Ave between Wrightsville Ave and the Park Ave multi-use path were completed. These facilities provide a connection between the River to the Sea Bikeway and the university. This project was funded by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Completed 2010.

  12. Wrightsville Ave Bicycle Lanes: Bicycle lanes along Wrightsville Ave between Military Cutoff Rd and Eastwood Rd have been designed by the City of Wilmington. This project is funded by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.Completed 2010.

  13. Wrightsville Beach Interim Improvements: Interim improvments to the River to the Sea Bikeway were installed to improve connectivity and safety for cyclists traveling east from the Heide-Trask Drawbridge to the public access beach at the end of Salisbury Street. The new signage and pavement markings route eastbound cyclists along an Old Causeway Drive bike lane, under the drawbridge and up the boat launch exit via a second bike lane, then on to Pelican Drive as a parallel alternative to Salisbury Street. This project was funded by the Town of Wrightsville Beach. Completed 2008.

Proposed & Existing Facilities

  1. Shared-Lane Pavement Markings along Pelican Drive  - Shared-lane markings (sharrows) have been installed along Pelican Drive from the marina to the terminus of Pelican Drive near Kenans Creek Bridge.  High visibility crosswalks have also been installed to connect Pelican Drive to the John Nesbitt Loop. 

Click on the map below to see the other improvements planned along the River to the Sea Bikeway.

River to the Sea Bikeway Map

 

Crossing Video 1

Click on image above to open video of new pedestrian and bicycle crossing at Ann St and S 3rd St in operation.


Crossing Video 2

Click on image above to open video of new pedestrian and bicycle crossing at Ann St and S 3rd St in operation.

 

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Newly-installed shared-lane markings on S Front St between Market St and Ann St.

 

Colwell Ave Path

New bicycle wayfinding signs installed along the Ann Street Bicycle Boulevard at S 5th Ave.

 

Cape Fear Commutes

Ann Street at South 3rd Street pedestrian and bicycle crossing under construction. Completed in April 2010.

 

Dawson St Refuge Island

In 2009, the Dawson Street pedestrian and bicycle crossing was constructed by NCDOT.

 

Wood Dale Connector

The Wood Dale Connector under construction in early 2010.

 

Causeway Dr Bicycle Lanes
Bicycle lanes were installed on Old Causeway Drive in the town of Wrightsville Beach in 2008.