HAMPSTEAD — According to a consultant with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, a half-mile stretch of Sloop Point Loop Road in Hampstead will re-open August 26, a week later than expected, due to heavy rainfall.
“It has rained so much, and the ground was so saturated, that we had to wait to start laying the pipe,” said consultant Frank Dixon of engineering firm Volkert, Inc.
A section has been closed from Kiwanis Park to Topsail Elementary School since June 18 to complete a new multi-use path along the road.
Dixon is hoping that the forecasted dry spell this week will give Barnhill Contractors Company, which is carrying out construction of the pathway, the necessary conditions to complete the project .
“We’re hoping to get a lot accomplished this week,” said Dixon.
The NCDOT recommends a detour of Sloop Point Loop Road to US 17 North to Sloop Point Road and back to Sloop Point Loop Road.