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Will the Hampstead bypass be part of the U.S. 17 expansion?

Ken Little
StarNews
Courtesy N.C. DOT

Courtesy of N.C. DOT

Q. What is involved in the Wilmington to Jacksonville U.S. 17 enlargement? Will the Hampstead Bypass be a part of this?

A. There are no immediate plans for the Hampstead Bypass to be part of the expansion of U.S. 17 between Jacksonville and Wilmington, said Patrick J. Riddle, N.C. Department of Transportation Division 3 planning engineer.

The Hampstead Bypass project is currently “unfunded” for construction, Riddle said.

“Therefore, the project is not scheduled for construction, at this time,” Riddle said.

The Hampstead project would connect to the Wilmington Bypass at the interchange that will be partially constructed by the Military Cutoff Road Extension project, and run toward the north, “basically paralleling U.S. 17 and then re-connecting with U.S. 17 north of Hampstead near Sloop Point Road.”

No timetable is set by the state for the work, Riddle said.

A draft state Transportation Improvement Program was presented to the Board of Transportation and Gov. Pat McCrory in December.

The program designates $15 billion of spending through 2025 on more than 550 road construction, aviation, and public transit and walkway projects.

Included among the projects in the draft plan are the expansion of U.S. 17 between Jacksonville and Wilmington and the widening of N.C. 211

Here’s a link to the Hampstead Bypass project: www.ncdot.gov/projects/us17hampsteadbypass

RELATED LINKS:

AP: Expansion of Wilmington-to-Jacksonville route in N.C. funding plan

Why are they clearing land on the northwest corner of I-140 and U.S. 17?

Why do new signs on U.S. 17 indicate 140 is a state road and not an interstate highway?

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