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Old 02-07-2008, 05:13 AM
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Wilmington - nice place till you get in your car. Or on your bike.

More than 80 percent of Wilmington residents rate the Port City as a "good" or "excellent" place to live, but the smiles turn upside down when transportation issues are mentioned...

Survey: City life sweet except for jams | StarNewsOnline.com | Star-News | Wilmington, NC

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Old 02-07-2008, 05:28 AM
Location: Avondale, Chicago
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That seems like a problem throughout NC. I used to live just outside Raleigh and it's much the same way. I now live in Houston which is well-known for its traffic, and I can clear the same distance in the same amount of time during rush hour here than I could on some of those two-lane roads that were "shortcuts" and "bypasses" until the other 10,000 drivers caught onto it.

For all the HUT, vehicle property tax etc. and loads of people coming in paying into it, there's no excuse for NCDOT not having the means to bring their infrastructure to something even remotely capable of handling the growth there.

I wonder how much of the Wilmington traffic is non-local and coming from the interior of the state (RDU, Charlotte)...
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Old 02-07-2008, 07:52 AM
Location: Wake Forest
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the transportation system isn't the greatest anywhere in NC. We have had such an influx of people moving here, that our roads have needed help for the past 20 years, and just aren't getting it.

plus, wilmington gets a lot of traffic from people heading towards the beaches- so its not just local traffic, but tourist traffic as well.

Compared to many (if not most) large cities and tourist destinations, though- Wilmington (and Raleigh for that matter) have less congestion than others.
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Old 02-07-2008, 08:24 AM
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I think y'all are missing the point. Wilmington's problems are not similar at all to Charlotte's, Raleigh's, or Greensboro's. All those cities have major limited access freeways running through their center, and around their perimeter. Wilmington's problem is that they "forgot" to build limited access freeways. They came up with a freeway transportation plan, too little too late, and didn't have the money or initiative to implement it. Also, rumor is that some big developers used the situation to their advantage, effectively developing the areas that were where the freeways were supposed to be built.

I can only think of two limited access freeways in New Hanover county: I-40 and MLK Boulevard, both of which are mostly outside of the city limits, and serve Pender County more than New Hanover.

I live downtown, the ONLY options I have to get anywhere - Carolina Beach/Kure Beach/Ft. Fisher, Wrightsville Beach, the college, monkey junction, the port, etc. - I have to get on a 35-50 mph highway lined with Wal Marts and McDonalds. People are constantly pulling out in front of you, pulling into traffic, while you're going 50mph! It is dangerous by design - even good drivers are liable to slip up. And we don't have good drivers.

In places like Raleigh and Houston, y'all have a completely different set of problems.
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