Work Underway to Extend Military Cutoff Road to I-140

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Construction crews are working on the extension slated to connect Military Cutoff Road to Interstate 140 despite a history of challenges. A detailed article on the project is available here. The future six-lane road project—an expansion designed to ease traffic on Market Street—was first envisioned over 20 years ago. The goal is to provide better…

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NCDOT, Planning Board Propose Renaming Hampstead Bypass as N.C. 417

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On Wednesday, May 23, 2018; members of the Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) board and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) discussed a current proposal to label the Hampstead Bypass and Military Cutoff Road Extension as “N.C. 417” rather than the “U.S. 17 Bypass.” The highway number will avoid confusion in several…

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Hampstead Bypass Low Priority, But Landowners Still Wait

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Landowners affected by the Hampstead Bypass continue to be stuck in no-mans-land, and it does not appear that the situation is likely to change in the near future. Will the project be funded or won’t it?  Sometimes the answer appears to be yes, sometimes maybe, and sometimes no. And in all this indecision, landowners are…

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Hampstead Bypass NOT a Funding Priority

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Land owners in Pender County who are in the path of the Transportation Corridor Official Map (the North Carolina Map Act) remain in limbo, per NC DOT and local Pender County elected officials under the recently updated State Transportation Improvement Plan. According to an article on WECT: Neither one of the segments for the Hampstead…

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