Construction work at Rodney Square will force bus routes in downtown Wilmington to shift. It’s a preview of sorts for a planned move of the DART bus hub away from the Square.
Starting Monday, May 14, no buses will make stops on King Street between 11th and 10th Streets. Currently, hundreds of passengers board buses at that stop every day. The move will make way for the city of Wilmington’s landscape improvement project which is expected to last through the summer.
Bus stops will move either north or south of Rodney Square. On Monday, Routes 1, 3 and 9 will will board at King St. north of 11th St. in front of the old Wilmington Post Office. Routes 4, 5, 15, 17, and 24 will board at King St. south of 10th St. on the side of the Wilmington Library. Routes 19, 22, 23, 25, 30, 33, 34, 36, 39, 40, 41, 42, 54 and 55 will board at 9th and King Street. Routes 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 20, 21, 24, 28, 35, 38, 45, and 301 will board at 8th and King.
The change is an early look at how different bus traffic will be in downtown Wilmington if a proposal to remove all buses from Rodney Square is implemented. That plan would move some bus traffic down Shipley Street instead of King Street. Opponents of the plan say it would create a hardship for riders trying to make connections to other buses.