Wilmington, NC: Level crossings force highway to elevate new highway

19 Nov

Wilmington City Council faces a tough decision when it eventually votes on a highway extension project. A key component of the decision is the need to address the way in which the proposed extension of Independence Boulevard from Randall Parkway to Martin Luther King Jr Drive.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation NCDoT) has indicated that it will only support an elevated highway which is financially the best way forward. This includes crossing two railways in a grade-separated manner to avoid in-situ level crossings of railway rights-of-way. Specifically, NCDoT has said that an at-grade highway would not be eligible for federal or state funding.

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