Rail Realignment Project

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At this week’s City Council meeting, Wilmington leaders approved allocating COVID-19 Relief Funds to Good Shepherd, as well as an agreement for the long-anticipated development at Castle Street. But it was proposed Riverwalk improvements and WAVE’s redevelopment that drew the most debate from council. 

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation held two public meetings this week in Wilmington, to help explain the CSX Beltline Project. It’s a $41 million plan designed to improve freight rail lines and update signaling for 13 miles of rail lines in Brunswick and New Hanover counties. Most of the impact is within Wilmington city limits. 

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A project city leaders once considered beyond reach is now inching closer to reality. On Tuesday Jan. 21, Wilmington City Council members approved $2.5 million in grants to fund the Rail Realignment initiative. The money, which comes from NCDOT and the Federal Railroad Administration, marks a major milestone for project leaders and supporters.