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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington leaders have been looking for a second way in and out of the Love Grove community for decades.

A June train derailment that cut the neighborhood off proved the need again.

Leaders say they have a couple of options: Work with CSX or act alone.

The city says CSX and the NC Department of Transportation will not get involved until CSX does a road study. That could take more than a year.

“It’s not a quick fix. It’s two to three years even if we were to make a decision today,” Mayor Bill Saffo said. “I think what Councilman (Kevin) O’grady shared with us today is the commitment this council has got to make is are we willing to start appropriating the money to make that second access?”

Leaders say years ago there was a plan to make a second access from One Tree Hill Way. That plan would have cost the city up to $6 million. Leaders say no solution will be quick or cheap.


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