The Cape Fear Skyway Project has come to a fork in the road. Wednesday, elected leaders who make up the Transportation Advisory Committee met to discuss the billion-dollar project that would connect New Hanover and Brunswick counties.
It looks like it will be another few weeks before there could be a decision about whether the project becomes a reality.
While leaders are all in agreement that there needs to be a solution to a growing traffic issue through New Hanover and Brunswick counties, it’s where the bridge will go that’s up for debate.
Previous plans for the bridge would cut directly in to the Brunswick County subdivision, Snee Farm. Wednesday, two new ideas were proposed. They would bypass residential areas, and go north of the Brunswick Forest subdivision. Brunswick County officials are generally in favor of those plans.
“The Skyway Project, is a critical need for the future transportation needs of southeastern North Carolina. Where it goes is the key, and the latest route that they’ve proposed is the only one that I could give serious consideration to,” said Brunswick County Commissioner Bill Sue.
But time is ticking on the New Hanover county side. Right now the land where the bridge would start, at Carolina Beach Road and Independence is protected. That protection runs out this Sunday.
Wilmington transportation planners say there’s no point in stopping development there, to hold it for a bridge, if an agreement can’t be reached on where the bridge lets out on the Brunswick County side.
From here, the transportation authority will review the new plans for the bridge and get community feedback.
The next meeting is October 28 at Wilmington City Hall.