Wednesday, February 8, 2023

In photos: NCDOT’s first Cape Fear Crossing public hearing in Wilmington

NCDOT received a visit from the SELC, anecdotal experiences, and comments from several retired engineers at its first of two public hearings on the long-planned Cape Fear Crossing project Monday in Wilmington.

A crowd of over 250 people filled John T. Hoggard High School's cafeteria Monday evening at North Carolina Department of Transportation's first Cape Fear Crossing public hearing. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)
A crowd of over 250 people filled John T. Hoggard High School’s cafeteria Monday evening at North Carolina Department of Transportation’s first Cape Fear Crossing public hearing. (Port City Daily photo/Johanna Ferebee)

WILMINGTON — North Carolina Department of Transportation hosted the first of two public hearings Monday in Wilmington where over 250 people came out to listen or share their concerns about Cape Fear Crossing. (See more from the meeting and read some of the comments and concerns in our gallery, below).

While most public speakers traveled from their homes in Brunswick County, a few weighed in on the New Hanover County perspective.

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One speaker in particular — Liz Rasheed — likely perked the department’s attention. Rasheed traveled from Chapel Hill, where she works as an attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC). Last week, the SELC filed a federal lawsuit against the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) for its proposed Mid-Currituck Bridge.

Rasheed strongly urged NCDOT to revisit its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS); Rasheed said her team reviewed the DEIS and found insufficient and poorly-documented information about Cape Fear Crossing’s environmental damages. For more details on the project, read NCDOT’s full Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

Catch up on Port City Daily’s recent coverage of the project: NCDOT can’t stop developmentand Brunswick and Leland are one step removed from a seat at the table 

The second and last public hearing will be held Tuesday, April 30 in Leland:

View Port City Daily’s photo gallery from Monday night’s public hearing below: 

Cape Fear Crossing Hearings kick off in Wilmington


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