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Archive for February, 2013

Wilmington moving forward with pedestrian bridge near UNCW

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington City Council is moving forward with plans to try and make crossing a busy street a lot safer.

Concern from UNCW staff has the city looking at giving pedestrians a path over South College Rd. instead of across it.

“You see people waiting in the medians and along the road, and it’s like, ‘When are they going to cross?'” pedestrian Anna Simmons said.

Tuesday night city council approved funding toward an elevated walkway over College Rd. near the intersection of Randall Parkway. It’s one of the busiest intersections on College.

“I think it’d be a lot safer for everyone to use, because it’s such a busy intersection; so many cars, so many lanes,” pedestrian Courtney McKeon said.

The city’s five-year capital improvement plan includes funding for bicycles and pedestrian projects. The purpose is to identify and fund sidewalk, bike lane, and intersection safety improvements.

“I believe a lot of people don’t ride their bikes because it’s so dangerous for some of them,” Jeremy Schwisow said. “If they aren’t confident, then it’s hard for people to ride if they think they’re going to get hit by a car.”

The total estimated cost for the project is about $3 million. The city would have to pay $600,000 to match funds from the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization.

“I think it’s kind of necessary for the students since they do live off campus also,” Ashley McKenzie said. “I think it would be worth it it would be a lot safer for sure.”

City council also discussed a walkway next to the Wrightsville Beach Drawbridge, realigning the intersection of Wrightsville and Greenville Avenues and bicycle and pedestrian paths on Park Ave.

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Soles is getting Order of the Long Leaf Pine

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Two weeks after cancelling the ceremony to receive the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, it appears former Sen. R.C. Soles will in fact get the award.

Phillip Fisher of the Long Leaf Pine Society confirms he received notification former Gov. Bev Perdue signed off on Soles getting the award December 31 before she left office.

Soles reportedly canceled the event to where the Order of the Long Leaf Pine was to be presented to him after learning there was no record of Perdue awarding him the honor

There’s no word on when Soles will get the award, which is regarded as the state’s highest civilian honor.

Soles left the General Assembly in 2011 after a record 42 years in office.

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College Road pedestrian bridge could cost $3 million

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

The Wilmington City Council has now put its support behind the proposal.

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Michelle’s Markdowns: Super Doubles list is hot at Harris Teeter, now through 2/26

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Super Doubles is in full swing at Harris Teeter, and there are a lot of items you can get for free, including salsa, soy sauce and fruit cups.

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Missing teen found shortly after authorities contact media

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Officials in Brunswick County say a teen who was last seen Tuesday was found Wednesday and is safe.

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