ONLY ON 3: $1.6M redo of part of Cross-City Trail should be done by May


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Submitted: Fri, 01/20/2012 - 8:32pm
Updated: Sat, 01/21/2012 - 5:08am
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Piece by piece, the Cross-City Trail is winding its way through Wilmington. While the city has yet to break ground on some new areas, other parts that have already been constructed are being torn up.

“You can’t always anticipate every problem,” said Dylan Lee, the assistant to Wilmington City Manager, about a stretch of the Cross-City Trail along Eastwood Road, where a completed section is being torn up because of issues not accounted for when it was built.

“They are doing a massive stormwater improvement,” Lee said. “There was a lot of localized flooding in that area near Cavalier Drive, so City Stormwater is working on a large pipe underneath where the trail was to alleviate that flooding.”

Lee says that section of the Cross-City Trail was completed in 2008 when an old drainage system on the opposite side of the road was in place and design had not yet begun on the new stormwater system. Once design began and engineers ran models of how the system would handle heavy rain, it became clear that the new pipe had to be placed under the trail to best handle flooding and not cause lane closures on Eastwood.

Lee said the $1.6 million project, paid for with stormwater fees from city residents, is set to be done by May. Despite the setback, he said the trail is about 70-percent complete.

“The Cross-City Trail is part of Wilmington’s future,” he said. “It’s alternative transportation. It’s good for people’s health. It’s good for our busy roads, and it’s just a great amenity. It’s the kind of thing people look for when they want to move here.”

Around midday Friday we tried to talk to people in the area about the trail and what they thought of part of it being torn up, but we couldn’t find many people using it.

When complete, the biking and running trail will stretch from Wrightsville Beach to the Pine Valley area.

Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m., the city will hold an open house at St. Mark’s Catholic Church for anyone who wants to learn more about the next segment of the trail that will connect the College Acres area to the existing trail on Eastwood.

6 Comments

  • taxpayer says:

    Dylan Lee, the assistant to Wilmington City Manager: “The Cross-City Trail is part of Wilmington’s future,” he said. “It’s alternative transportation. It’s good for people’s health. It’s good for our busy roads, and it’s just a great amenity. It’s the kind of thing people look for when they want to move here.”

    Really Dylan? I guess you could be correct. When the City officials get done sucking the last dime out of our pockets AFTER Obama leaves just one for you…the Cross-City trail will be about the only way we can get around. But do you REALLY think the Cross-City trail is the “kind of thing” people look for before they move here? Schools, taxes, cost of living don’t factor in?

    I’ve not met one person who moved here in the past year who said the reason they chose Wilmington was because we have a Cross-City trail. But…your comments do make for a good laugh. Since the trail was built with “stimulus” money…how many permanent jobs has it created?

  • bleedmedry says:

    Well said, and also a good place to get mugged.

  • RSimmons says:

    If you want cheap taxes with no parks or bike trails to pay for, then move to the country. Wilmington is a city and people come to expect certain amenities in a city and most are willing to pay the higher taxes for it. Multi-use trails are popular with a lot of people. I bought my house where I did based on having access to a park and a place to walk the dog and jog. There must be a bunch of us since houses in my neighborhood are seldom on the market. The ones that have usually sold within a month.

    BTW, Schools and cost of living aren’t this areas best selling points.

  • Brian says:

    The city cops could use it to trap muggers. Send a vulnerable looking female walking alone, with cops lying in wait for a mugger to grab her.

  • Peyton Garrett says:

    While there will be a very short lived benefit to a few, I agree there is a bit of a security risk. This part pork barrel, part entitlement spending. Part of the billions spent on unneeded, non infrastructure spending that We can not afford just goes on and on. The only long term jobs to come from this pathway? 7-8 More maintenance personnel, 5-6 bicycle cops to keep it secure, maybe. My opinion, I hope I am wrong.

  • Guest461 says:

    The headline makes it sound like 1.6 million dollars was spent to redo part of the the cross city trail, while that part of the trail “redo” was actually only in the mix of a 1.6 million dollar stormwater project.

    Okay, it worked…you got me to read it. Geeeez…

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