Great question, but unfortunately, there’s not a great answer. That roadblock where Interstate 140 ends at U.S. 421 is in a lot of folks’ nightmares.
But someday, the U.S. 17 Wilmington Bypass will continue across the Cape Fear River and into Brunswick County.
As it stood in mid-May 2009, the section from U.S. 17 to U.S. 74/76 — the southernmost section — is supposed to be built first, using federal economic stimulus dollars in part.
If all goes well at the N.C. Department of Transportation, which is a big “if,” construction of that section could begin in 2010.
The northernmost section, from U.S. 74/76 in Brunswick to U.S. 421 in New Hanover is supposed to be built beginning in 2012 and take three to four years. Again, that is, if all goes well at the DOT, which is all but broke right now.
Realistically, it’ll probably be at least 2016 before anyone can drive on the entire stretch. And that’s a big “if” too.
Date posted: May 29, 2009
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