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City looks at plans to make Market Street safer

After the latest accident on Market Street and 21st Street in Wilmington, many citizens have commented on our website about the dangers of that stretch of road, saying that it's too narrow. The city transportation department is addressing these concerns. Instead of widening the roads, the city plans to turn the stretch of Market Street from downtown to Covil Avenue into two lanes. It's currently a four-lane street. The plan would make room for bike lanes, a median, and more parking alongside the street, making it more of a residential road. The change would also widen each lane by three feet; they're currently nine feet wide. "These road "diet" measures that will improve safety and mobility through this section of roadway by maintaining 12-foot lanes and having a median cross-section out there,” said transportation planner Mike Kozlosky. These changes can't be implemented until Independence Boulevard is widened to allow for an alternate route to downtown. Due to a lack of funding, we won't see these changes for at least five years. From 2003 to 2005, there were approximately 1,500 accidents on Market Street between Third Street and College Road.

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I don't know what

I don't know what Independence would have to do with anything. That street is four lanes from the Beach Rd to its end. It is crosstown not downtown. Doesn't make sense to me.

Independence Blvd

That road is not four lanes all the way. It is two lanes from CBR until two blocks away from Shipyard. Don't take Market down to two lanes, that will not help. Just like when they made Front St oneway, how long until DOT would then come back and make Market 4 lanes again. And they call that progress.

market st

Last Friday I was on Market street it was about lunchtime I had just left from downtown headed back across 17th street where it is so narrow you want to fold your mirrors in I had 2 cars within a 3 block stretch almost hit me head on, that part of Market St, makes me hold my breathe everytime I go through there I can't avoid I have deliver through that area, and I drive an s-10 so it is not that I drive a large vehicle.