DOT announces location for proposed Military Cutoff Extension, Hampstead Bypass
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Department of Transportation has announced the location of the proposed Military Cutoff Road Extension and US 17 Hampstead Bypass in New Hanover and Pender counties.
The projects are aimed at improving safety and traffic flow along the US 17 and Market Street corridor.
The DOT selected the plans after getting input at two public meetings on possible options last fall. 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 US 17 Wilmington Bypass.
The US 17 Hampstead Bypass Alternative E-H will extend from the US 17 Wilmington Bypass across Sidbury Road into Pender County. It will cross NC 210 and Hoover Road north of South Topsail Elementary School. The project will tie into existing US 17 near Leeward Lane and will follow existing US 17 to Sloop Point Loop Road.
NCDOT will continue to explore options for providing access to existing US 17 north of Topsail High School from the proposed bypass, in response to citizen concerns.
The NCDOT says 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.
The DOT says 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.
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