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What is the holdup on opening the second phase of I-140 in Brunswick County?

Ken Little
StarNews
Construction continues along US 17 in Brunswick County on I-140 and US 17 in Supply. StarNews photo by Ken Blevins.

Construction continues along U.S. 17 in Brunswick County where I-140 will come in. StarNews photo by Ken Blevins.

Q. What is the holdup on the opening of the second phase of I-140 in Brunswick County? Looks pretty finished. I thought it was to open in October.

A. The installation of on- and off-ramp traffic signals and other work means that the earliest the Interstate 140 bypass will open is this spring, said Wayne Currie, resident engineer with the N.C. Department of Transportation.

Currie said the southernmost section of the Wilmington Bypass is nearing completion.

Remaining work to be done on the bypass section includes the installation of permanent pavement markings and markers.

“However, the bulk of the work remaining is the installation of the traffic signals on U.S. 74 at the on- and off-ramps of the bypass,” Currie said.

“These traffic signals were to be installed under the next section of the bypass. Since this section of the bypass is not scheduled to be let for construction until January 2014, these signals would not have been in place until the summer of 2014 at the earliest,” Currie said.

He said NCDOT determined that the traffic signals need to be in place prior to opening the bypass for the safety of the traveling public.

“So, these signals as well as other safety upgrades on U.S. 74 at Enterprise Drive were added to the current bypass contract. This work on U.S. 74 will continue throughout the winter as weather permits, with an expected completion in the spring of 2014,” Currie said.

The final section of the I-140 bypass, which will extend over the Cape Fear River to connect with the section of I-140 in New Hanover County, should be completed by 2017, a Division 3 NCDOT construction engineer recently said.

The start of that phase of the project was delayed until 2014 because of funding availability, the official said.

RELATED LINKS:

Where can I find a map showing how I-140 ends at U.S. 17 near Winnabow?

Why didn’t DOT complete the I-140 connector before replacing the Memorial Bridge’s cables?

Why didn’t the I-140 exit ramp connect to Porters Neck Road?

 

 

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