WILMINGTON - Transportation officials today announced that 13 new highway projects for Division 3 are included in an updated version of the state's draft 10-Year transportation plan.
In addition to the 13 new highway projects in the plan, Division 3, which includes Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender, Onslow, Duplin and Sampson counties, is adding one aviation, and five transit projects.
The revised plan also accelerates a number of already funded projects for the division.
New projects include:
Widening N.C. 111 between U.S. 258 to Gum Branch Road in Onslow County;
Constructing an interchange for U.S. 74/76 at Maco Road in Brunswick County; and
Installing upgraded amenities along transit routes in the City of Wilmington.
Accelerated projects include:
N.C. 132 (College Road) between Gordon Road and New Centre Drive in New Hanover County is moved up by one year from 2024 to 2023.
"We are truly elated at being able to deliver on so many projects that have been talked about for years," said Division 3 Engineer Karen Collette. "We are grateful for this funding program and how it will benefit our community."
The adjustments reflect updated financial information, including projected revenues, and lower inflation and construction cost overruns.
The plan, called the Draft 2018-2027 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), was initially scheduled to be approved by the Board of Transportation at its June meeting, but approval was delayed to allow the department to update the document to reflect the changes. NCDOT will now hold a public comment period on the updated version of the document. The public comment period runs from June 28 to July 12. Anyone who would like to provide comments should contact Diane Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 707-6073.
The final 2018-2027 STIP is expected to be approved by the Board in August.
More information about the STIP and how transportation projects are funded is available online at ncdot.gov/strategictransportationinvestments/.