WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington City Council has formed a committee to work on a transportation bond initiative that could help ease traffic congestion here in the Port City. But at what price?
“We have not identified a cost for any of the projects,” Wilmington Transportation Planning Manager Mike Kozlosky said.
As state funding for area transportation projects continue to dwindle, Wilmington’s transportation needs continue to grow. That has city council members talking about a potential bond referendum to help ease traffic woes in the city.
“When we have done surveys, one of the number one things that people say is that they want is their streets refurbished and sidewalks and things of this nature,” Wilmington City Councilman Earl Sheridan said.
Sheridan says even though the city raised taxes a couple years ago, it still does not have the money to fund all the necessary projects.
“That helped us some to do some projects when we did make that raise, but there are still projects that are still transportation needs that need to be done,” Sheridan says.
Kozlosky says the city has identified several transportation needs including the N. 3rd St. bridge replacement as well as adding new bicycle paths throughout the city.
Sheridan and council members Laura Padgett and Kevin O’Grady will make up a three-person committee to work on the bond issue. Sheridan says the committee will evaluate the projects and then finalize a list.
Council will have to decide on those projects by the end of April to get a referendum on the ballot in November.