Monday, March 20, 2023

Hampstead Bypass, other projects on the way to early completion

Hampstead Bypass construction along U.S. 17 (Port City Daily/Amy Passaretti)

WILMINGTON — Two transportation entities have agreed on changes made to the draft 2024-2033 State Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP). If approved by the transportation board, it would allow a few local projects to wrap earlier than anticipated.

The N.C. Department of Transportation and Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) agreed to accelerate the Hampstead Bypass corridor to help improve traffic and flow in New Hanover and Pender counties. It especially will be beneficial to those living in the Hampstead area.

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Construction began on phase one of the bypass, N.C. 210 to north of Hampstead, earlier in the year. The STIP adjustment allows the second phase, N.C. 140 to N.C. 210 to begin summer 2025 rather than fall 2026.

“I am glad we agreed to move this project forward,” Division 3 engineer Chad Kimes said in a press release. “Together, NCDOT and WMPO understand how important it is to the people who live, work and visit the area.” 

If all goes according to plan, it could allow the bypass to be completed one year earlier, in 2029 instead of 2030.

NCDOT and WMPO agreed to adjust the proposed timelines of other future projects as well, including:

  • Upgrading the intersections of U.S. 76 (Oleander Drive) at Greenville Loop Road and Greenville Avenue has been accelerated with construction planned to begin in 2029.
  • Widening U.S. 421 (Carolina Beach Road) from N.C. 132 (South College Road) to Sanders Road and constructing flyovers at U.S. 421 and N.C. 132 has been accelerated with construction set to begin in 2027.

The board of transportation will adopt the 2024-2033 STIP in spring 2023. 

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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