Accidents on Market Street occur at about double the rate of similar streets across the state. In April 2013 alone, ten accidents occurred including a pedestrian killed by a hit-and-run driver and a three-car serial collision that ended up with two cars on the sidewalks and two people taken to the hospital. In 2007, the City of Wilmington approved a resolution adopting the US 17 Business Corridor Study. The study was funded by the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) and recommended a traffic “diet” for Market St. from Covil Avenue and 17th Street. The approved study calls for one lane of traffic in each direction between 17th and Colonial, with a median and bike lanes on both sides at a cost of $1.6 million. The problem, however, is that implementation of the plan has been put off until Independence Boulevard is completed from Randall Parkway to Martin Luther King Parkway. That is not expected to occur before 2030. We believe that there are alternate projects that the city could enact to divert traffic and then implement the traffic diet for Market Street between Covil and 17th. This needs to be done for safety and to preserve the residential and pedestrian-oriented character of this important resource. We cannot wait for countless more to be injured or killed. Resources have to be allocated to this project now.
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