- Published on Wednesday, 18 July 2012 18:19
- Written by Super User
RALEIGH : July 18, 2012 - The North Carolina Department of Transportation has announced the location of the proposed Military Cutoff Road Extension and U.S. 17 Hampstead Bypass in New Hanover and Pender counties. The purpose of the projects is to improve safety and traffic flow along the U.S. 17 and Market Street corridor.
Two public meetings were held in October of 2011, where several alternatives were presented to the public for comments. The alternatives selected for each project are:
* Alternative M1 for the Military Cutoff Road Extension project, and
* Alternative E-H for the Hampstead Bypass project.
Military Cutoff Road Extension Alternative M1 will extend Military Cutoff Road from Market Street to the U.S. 17 Wilmington Bypass.
The U.S. 17 Hampstead Bypass Alternative E-H will extend from the U.S. 17 Wilmington Bypass across Sidbury Road into Pender County. It will cross N.C. 210 and Hoover Road north of South Topsail Elementary School. The project will tie into existing U.S. 17 near Leeward Lane and will follow existing U.S. 17 to Sloop Point Loop Road.
NCDOT will continue to explore options for providing access to existing U.S 17 north of Topsail High School from the proposed bypass, in response to citizen concerns.
These two alternatives will have the least impact to federally protected species and preservation areas and will result in fewer residential and business relocations. In addition, there will be fewer wetland, pond and stream impacts than the other project alternatives. Citizen comments were taken into consideration in the selection of these alternatives.
Right-of-way acquisition for the Military Cutoff Extension project is scheduled to begin in 2014, with construction scheduled to start in 2016. Right-of-way acquisition for the Hampstead Bypass is scheduled to begin in 2017 with construction scheduled to start in 2020. Visit the project website for more information.
A public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 28 to discuss the design of the Military Cutoff Road Extension project. A public meeting will be held for the Hampstead Bypass project at a later date.