Repairs to Kenan Fountain are complete

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Submitted: Thu, 02/07/2013 - 3:27am
Updated: Thu, 02/07/2013 - 4:39am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Repairs and improvements made to the Kenan Fountain on Market Street in Downtown Wilmington are now complete after new lighting was installed this week.

The historic fountain was damaged after it was struck by a car this summer. The accident prompted City Council to consider alternatives to help reduce future accidents at the fountain, located at Market and 5th Streets.

In November, Wilmington City Council approved funding for better light at the fountain as a low-cost option to increase visibility to drivers.

Structural repairs cost about $73,875 and were made in December to the limestone where the car hit the fountain. The damaged stonework of the historic fountain, originally installed in 1921, had to be re-carved by hand.

Improved lighting around the fountain was installed this week. While no additional lights were added, the older fixtures were replaced with more energy efficient and brighter LED lights. The light fixtures on the traffic poles at the intersection, as well as around the base of the fountain, were replaced at a cost of $8,300.

The fountain does not currently have water flowing through it because the city does not operate it during the winter months to protect the pipes from freezing but the water will be turned on next month.

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2015 years 8 months ago

Drivers will learn to miss it if they make the penalty for hitting this thing…”30 Days in the Electric Chair”!!
Come to think of it…the same goes for Red Light Runners around town if “ever” caught.
That would Learn Them!

2015 years 8 months ago

They did in the 1950s(?)
Lights and structural things.

Will we ever learn?


2015 years 8 months ago

Obsticles that have an adverse effect on motor vehicle traffic flow, that are hazardous, including fountains, do not belong in the street where said traffic runs. They belong in a park.

2015 years 8 months ago

People who do not have the good sense to go around a fountain that has been there for more than 50 years are the ones who do not belong in the street.

2015 years 8 months ago

And drunk or blind people shouldn’t be driving a car.

2015 years 8 months ago

If you know it is there, you might be prepared. What about visitors and especially at night? If somebody in the outside lane crowds you, there is a good chance of hitting the fountain since it is right where it does not need to be, taking up part of a traffic lane. It needs to go.

Guest 10101
2015 years 8 months ago

With your lack of ability to discern fantasy from reality, you’ll drive around it for hours trying to figure out how to turn out of it.

2015 years 8 months ago

Have you seen the new lights yet? That place is so lit up at night it looks like daytime. Anyone who can’t avoid hitting something in the middle of the road with lights – like, say a fountain or another vehicle – probably doesn’t belong behind the wheel of a car. Millions of people manage to navigate the fountain every year without hitting it. I really think the few idiots who do have problems should lose their license.

2015 years 8 months ago

for the wave of drunk drivers this weekend.

Guest 211
2015 years 8 months ago