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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