LELAND—Residents of Leland will need to take detours this summer on Mount Misery Road.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation will begin replacing two metal drainage pipes with a reinforced concrete box culvert as part of the Wilmington Bypass Project.
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With entrances on US-74 and Northwest Road NE, Mount Misery Road crosses under I-140 in Leland.
According to NCDOT spokesperson Brian Rick, the existing pipes are not malfunctioning.
“The existing pipes are not long enough to accommodate the new road width at this location, therefore a new, larger and longer concrete culvert is being constructed,” Rick wrote in an email. “Because the road is being widened, and a longer pipe is required, the existing system is being updated in lieu of being modified.”
Rick said the upon completion, the updated culvert will provide more than 50 years of service to the area.
A section of Mount Misery Road will close beginning on June 13, when NCDOT crews are scheduled to begin work. Motorists of the area are encouraged to use caution while traveling near Mount Misery Road.
Detour signs will be used to redirect traffic to 1-140 and U.S. 74-76 in Wilmington.
With Mount Misery Road expected to reopen in September, I-140 will remain open to traffic.
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