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Wilmington engineer has plan for another Love Grove access road

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- One engineer in Wilmington wants to give people who live in Wilmington's Love Grove community another way in and out of their neighborhood after a train derailment blocked their only access June 28.

Ronald Sparks presented his plan to the Wilmington City Council Tuesday night. He said it will cost the city about $3.5 million to connect Stanley Street to One Tree Hill Way with a road and bridge.

It's a plan Sparks said will be easier because the railroad operator, CSX, won't have to be involved.

"The advantages of this one, this route, is no communication with CSX. When I worked for the city, the big hurdle was CSX won't let us cross their land. CSX won't let us do this ... With this route, CSX is not involved," Sparks said.

Two city council members spoke up in support of the plan. But, the council didn't take any further action Tuesday.

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