Wilmington downtown trail phases 2 & 3 feasibility study underway


North Carolina Construction News staff writer

Wilmington’s Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) and the NC Department of Transportation are conducting a feasibility study to identify the best route for the for the Wilmington Downtown Trail Phases 2 and 3 which is proposed to parallel Burnt Mill Creek from Archie Blue Park in the Love Grove area to Forest Hills Drive.

A recommended alignment and a preliminary sketch of the trail will be presented to council before construction starts. WMPO staff and study partners will be available to discuss the project, answer questions, and collect input in person on Sat., Dec. 9 at Frankies Outdoor Market, 1019 Princess St. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The project is the top priority in the Wilmington/New Hanover County Greenway Plan. Phase 1, including the Wilmington Rail Trail, to create a connection from 3rd Street to the Love Grove Bridge, is currently being designed. The feasibility study for phases 2 and 3 will bridge the gap between conceptual planning and construction of a trail to connect neighborhoods, parks, and schools along Burnt Mill Creek; promote sustainable transportation and recreation options; and improve quality of life while encouraging economic development.


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