WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Building a bridge that would serve as a second access point for Wilmington's Love Grove community would likely cost at least $5 million and take more than two years to construct, Deputy City Manager Tony Caudle told council during a work session Friday.
Love Grove residents renewed efforts for a second access point after they were trapped in their neighborhood earlier this year because of a train derailment.
The only way in and out of the community is King St., off of North 11th St., which crosses a CSX rail line.
City council is considering building a bridge that would link Love Grove with One Tree Way, next to Screen Gems Studios off North 23rd St.
Mayor Bill Saffo said council will need to decide if it wants to allocate funding for construction.
He believes a traffic study should be conducted to help residents understand how a public bridge would affect their community.
"A bridge going into Love Grove, that's a pretty quiet neighborhood," Saffo said. "It's going to have some impact on that neighborhood and I want those citizens to also understand what that impact is going to be."
City officials are set to meet in December with various state and federal regulatory agencies that would have a role in approving the bridge.
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