The US 17 Corridor Study includes North Carolina Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) projects U-4751 and R-3300. Project U-4751 is an extension of Military Cutoff Road on new location from Market Street (US 17 Business) to the US 17 Wilmington Bypass (John Jay Burney Jr. Freeway). Project R-3300 is the US 17 bypass of Hampstead. Both projects are part of North Carolina’s Strategic Highway Corridor Initiative, which is an effort to preserve and maximize the long-term interconnectivity of core transportation corridors in North Carolina.
Additional Interchange Added
In response to citizens’ concerns, NCDOT added an additional interchange for the bypass to provide access for existing US 17 north of Topsail High School. This interchange north of the schools is in addition to the interchange south of the schools presented at the August 2011 corridor public hearing and in the draft environmental impact statement.
NCDOT presented this additional interchange to the public at a citizens informational workshop held August 15, 2013 at Topsail High School in Hampstead.
Thirteen detailed study alternatives were initially developed for the proposed project. Seven of the alternatives were dropped from further consideration because of anticipated impacts to the human and natural environments. Two new location build alternatives for Military Cutoff Road Extension (M1 and M2) and four new location build alternatives for the US 17 Hampstead Bypass (E-H, O, R, and U) were studied in detail. These detailed study alternatives were shown to the public at two corridor public hearings held for the project in October 2011.
NCDOT has selected Alternative M1 as the corridor for the proposed Military Cutoff Road Extension (U-4751) and Alternative E-H as the corridor for the proposed US 17 Hampstead Bypass (R-3300). In making this selection, NCDOT reviewed all public and agency comments and preferences. Meetings were held on December 15, 2011 and May 17, 2012 with state and federal regulatory and environmental resource agencies to review the evaluation of alternatives. A consensus was reached on the Least Environmentally Damaging Practicable Alternative on June 8, 2012. NCDOT formally selected the Preferred Alternative on June 20, 2012.
Military Cutoff Road Extension Alternative M1 will extend Military Cutoff Road from Market Street to the US 17 Wilmington Bypass. The proposed roadway will begin at a proposed interchange at Military Cutoff Road and Market Street. The road will then extend to the north and northwest, ending near Plantation Road and Crooked Pine Road at a proposed interchange with the US 17 Wilmington Bypass, approximately midway between I-40 and Market Street. This alternative generally follows the alignment shown on the August 2005 official transportation corridor map adopted by the City of Wilmington for the proposed Military Cutoff Road Extension.
US 17 Hampstead Bypass Alternative E-H begins in New Hanover County at a proposed interchange with the US 17 Wilmington Bypass. The proposed roadway will extend from the US 17 Wilmington Bypass northwest past Sidbury Road into Pender County. The alternative then turns to the northeast and continues to a proposed interchange with NC 210. From this interchange, the proposed bypass extends northeast and crosses Hoover Road north of South Topsail Elementary School. The project continues northeast behind the Topsail Schools complex and then turns east to tie into existing US 17 near Leeward Lane. The proposed road continues north on existing US 17 to Sloop Point Loop Road. Alternative E-H follows the alignment shown on the November 2011 official transportation corridor map adopted by the Wilmington Area Metropolitan Planning Organization for the proposed US 17 Hampstead Bypass.
News and Updates
Final Environmental Impact Statement Completed
NCDOT has prepared a Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) to present the environmental impacts of the proposed Military Cutoff Road Extension and the US 17 Hampstead Bypass.
Hard copies of the FEIS are available for public review at the following locations:
- NCDOT Division 3 Office located at 5501 Barbados Blvd., Castle Hayne
- Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, 305 Chestnut St., 4th Floor, Wilmington
- New Hanover County Planning Office, 230 Government Center Dr., Suite 110, Wilmington
- Northeast Regional Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Rd., Wilmington
- Hampstead Branch Library, 75 Library Dr., Hampstead
The document is also available at the link below.
Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS)
The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Wilmington District has filed the FEIS with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A Notice of Availability was published in the Federal Register during the first week of August 2014 to begin the 30-day public review period pursuant to regulations of the President’s Council on Environmental Quality for implementing NEPA (40 CFR Parts 1500-1508). The USACE also has the FEIS document available on their website, which can be accessed at http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/RegulatoryPermitProgram/PublicNotices.aspx. Contained within this website is a local public notice drafted by the USACE announcing the release of this document and instructions for viewing the Federal Register notice.
Written comments or requests for additional information can be forwarded to: Ms. Kim Gillespie, PE NCDOT Project Development and Environmental Analysis, 1548 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1548 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide written comments no later than September 12, 2014.
A Design Public Hearing for Hampstead Bypass will be scheduled at a future date. This future hearing will present updated information regarding access to properties near the proposed bypass.
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Project Overview and Purpose
The purpose of the project is to improve the traffic carrying capacity and safety of the US 17 and Market Street corridors in the project area.
The US 17 Corridor Study Team, consisting of federal, state and local agency representatives, reviewed the results of analyses for the detailed study alternatives. Potential environmental, social and economic effects were evaluated to identify the alternative that best meets the purpose and need of the project while minimizing negative impacts. The Study Team also considered input provided by the public. This included comments from the Citizens Informational Workshops and public hearings, and the public agencies involved with the project. Refer to the Description section above for the Selected Alternative Map and more details.
The US 17 Corridor Study Team follows the Merger Process to reach concurrence at critical milestones related to project development and permitting.
Public involvement is an important part of the planning process. NCDOT encourages citizen involvement with transportation projects and considers your suggestions and will address your concerns. Several opportunities for providing input have been provided during the development of the proposed project.
Citizens informational workshops were held on April 23, 2007 in Hampstead and on April 24, 2007 in Wilmington. A total of 174 participants signed in at the workshops. In 2011, a Citizens Open House and Corridor Public Hearing was held on October 17 in Wilmington and on October 18 in Hampstead. Over 380 citizens attended the Public Hearings. A Design Public Meeting was held for the proposed Military Cutoff Road Extension (Project U-4751) on August 28, 2012 in Wilmington. A citizens informational workshop was held for the proposed US 17 Hampstead Bypass (Project R-3300) on August 15, 2013 in Hampstead. A Design Public Hearing will be held for the proposed Hampstead Bypass in the future.
Five newsletters have been mailed to those on the project mailing list to provide updates on the project’s progress. See the Newsletters section above for details and to download earlier newsletters.
To have your name added to the project mailing list, please get in touch with one of the project contacts or submit your information via the project Contact Us form below. A toll free project information telephone number is also listed in the Contact Information section below.
Comments received on the final environmental impact statement and earlier studies and public involvement will be reviewed and incorporated, where feasible, into the development of final design plans for the project.
A State Record of Decision (SROD) will be prepared to document NCDOT’s selected alternative. The SROD will be circulated to state and federal agencies and made available on this website.
Right of way acquisition for the proposed Military Cutoff Road Extension is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2015. See the Project Schedule section of this website for additional schedule information.
A Design Public Hearing will be held for the US 17 Hampstead Bypass project at a later date, following the completion of the SROD. More detailed information will be available on this project at that hearing.
Project Development Process
Any state or federal agency proposing a project that uses public funds and may have a potential detrimental environmental effect must comply with the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) or the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Under SEPA/NEPA, agencies are required to evaluate the environmental impacts of their proposals. The evaluation generally follows a project development process that can be divided into the steps described in the Project Development Process .
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Kim Gillespie, PE
NCDOT Project Development and Environmental Analysis
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Resources for Local Property Owners
In many cases, it is inevitable that a certain amount of private property must be acquired. The displacement of homes and businesses is minimized to the extent practicable. The following brochures will answer questions about this process.