City posts signs showing effects of proposed street and sidewalk bond

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In a little over a month, Wilmington residents will decide if a $44 million street and sidewalk bond aimed to improve walkways and roadways will pass.

City officials have put up signs around the Port City to help demonstrate some of the projects impacted by the bond proposal.

“We know that we have a very significant safety issue here. As you all know, anybody that drives in this town knows that we have a lot of congestion and we also have a lot of bikers and runners,” City Spokeswoman Malissa Talbert said.

Talbert says New Hanover County is the worst in the state for bicycle deaths, and one of the leading counties for pedestrian deaths.

“The City Council has identified a number of projects that help address safety concerns, traffic congestion, traffic flow, trying to make the entryway into our city look better,” Talbert said.

“I think it’s fine because some of these streets kind of need a little work done to them,” Shelvia Penn said.

The project, which costs at total of $55 million, will impact several areas around the city, including downtown. Large signs have been placed on the sidewalks in the area to show a mockup of the improvements to that specific area.

If the bond is approved, officials said there could be impacts for citizens’ property taxes by two cents per $100. That means if your home is worth $200,000, your property taxes would go up $40 a year.

“I think for some of the people who have low income, it might be a bad idea,” John Stallsmith said.

But Justin Haynes says the increase is not that much money.

“It’s nothing to have a better place to live,” Haynes said.

The city is holding its final citizen information meeting Thursday in council chambers at City Hall from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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