Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Turning right to go left. Plans for intersection changed due to CenterPoint development

The NCDOT's new plan takes into account the 1,000,000-square-foot CenterPoint development, although it has not been officially approved by Wilmington City Council.

Development at the intersection of Eastwood and Military Cutoff roads has left little room for a potential interchange. Planners are eyeing an interchange design that aims to work within existing right-of-way. (Port City Daily photo | North Carolina Department of Transportation.)
Development at the intersection of Eastwood and Military Cutoff roads has left little room for a potential interchange. Planners are eyeing an interchange design that aims to work within existing right-of-way. (Port City Daily photo | North Carolina Department of Transportation.)

WILMINGTON — New plans are underway for a solution to traffic concerns at the intersection of Eastwood Road and Military Cutoff Road in Wilmington, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

Related: NCDOT garnering public input regarding Military Cutoff and Eastwood roads project

NCDOT is holding a public input session to offer residents a chance to see new plans, to give officials a chance to garner public input on the new design on June 25, 5 p.m., at College Acres Baptist Church.

According to NCDOT Division Design Engineer Michael Bass, the meeting will be similar to the meeting held last August when plans were first introduced to the public.

Bass said NCDOT has moved forward with a compromise design that is different than originally planned, due to the major mixed-use development planned for the intersection known as CenterPoint.

Anyone interested in the new project will be able to ask questions of NCDOT staff and view the new design.

The new NCDOT map appears to show an overpass on Eastwood Road going over Military Cutoff. Traffic wanting to turn right onto Military Cutoff heading east on Eastwood Road would have to use Commonwealth Drive to do so.

According to new design plans, anyone wanting to turn right onto Military Cutoff from Eastwood Road would have to use Commonwealth Drive (Port City Daily/Courtesy NCDOT)
According to new design plans, anyone wanting to turn right onto Military Cutoff from Eastwood Road – seen here running from bottom left to top right – would have to use Commonwealth Drive, which previously served as a minor access road to a few office buildings. (Port City Daily/Courtesy NCDOT)

Northbound traffic on Military Cutoff Road would be unable to turn left onto Eastwood Road, instead, traffic would be routed further north and drivers would be routed down a new road that would lead to Eastwood Road.

Traffic for anyone on Commonwealth Drive would have only two options: turn right onto Military Cutoff Road, or right onto Eastwood Road towards Wrightsville Beach. Turning left onto Military Cutoff or Eastwood Road from Commonwealth Drive would not be possible.

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