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The stretch of U.S. 17 between Porters Neck and Gordon Road during rush hours is turning into a nightmare. Any hope for a solution to this problem?

Ken Little

The solution may lie in the Market Street Corridor Plan on U.S. 17 Business (Market Street), says N.C. Department of Transportation spokeswoman Jennifer Garifo.

The Wilmington Metropolitan Area Planning Organization website includes a section about developing “a corridor plan for Market Street from Colonial Drive to the Pender County line.”

The project would integrate transportation and land use planning “in an effort to improve safety and mobility along the entire corridor,” according to the MPO.

The plan would include recommendations for access management, inter-connectivity, improved development standards, future collector streets and conceptual designs, the MPO states.

Given funding constraints, there is no set date for the plan to be implemented. NCDOT approved $275,000 in funding in 2008 for its preparation. A series of public meetings were held before the plan was completed in 2009.

“The implementation of the ideas set forth in the corridor plan will help aid the traffic congestion and safety problems that Market Street currently encounters on a day-to-day basis,” Garifo said.

For more information about the plan, visit the MPO website: www.wmpo.org/market.html

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5 Responses to “ The stretch of U.S. 17 between Porters Neck and Gordon Road during rush hours is turning into a nightmare. Any hope for a solution to this problem?”

  1. On May 6, 2010 at 9:20 pm Billy wrote:

    The problems here are: The DOT made a huge mistake by failing to provide two north bound lanes at the I140 interchange. And Middle Sound Loop road. Other than that things move pretty smoothly.

  2. On May 8, 2010 at 1:41 pm ATP wrote:

    I think part of the problem has to do with the traffic light at the intersection of Market street and Middle Sound Loop Road. Since the Bojangles and Advance Auto Parts has been there it seems the traffic light takes longer, which would make sense. I lived in PN and worked on Military Cutoff near Mayfaire and I would have to leave my apt 30 minutes before the time I was to be at work and barely got there on time! It is quite frustrating.

  3. On May 12, 2010 at 12:16 pm kmac wrote:

    You should have seen it before the bypass went in. Much much worse. I wouldn’t expect any changes soon so hit the road before 7:30 am and beat the rush.

  4. On May 13, 2010 at 10:52 pm Bob wrote:

    The problem is that the by pass bypasses too much. There are not enough exits to let people off and back onto 17. To go downtown you have to go over the bridge on 140 drive up toward Wilmington and then go back over the bridge to Wilmington.

  5. On July 23, 2010 at 5:55 pm Sam wrote:

    Another problem is the speed people are driving. The stretch from Bayshore Drive to Porters Neck saw a speed limit change from 55 to 45 last year; it has not slowed down traffic even a little making it unsafe to drive the speed limit.

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