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First Phase of Wilmington Interchange Awarded

WILMINGTON – The contract for the first phase of a larger project to help traffic flow in Wilmington has been awarded and construction can begin as soon as next month.

The project, known as Drysdale Drive Extension, will provide a connection from Eastwood Road and tie into to Military Cutoff Road​. The new four-lane road, divided by a median, will be more than a quarter mile long.

Contractors will also build a sidewalk on one side of Drysdale Drive Extension and a multiuse path on the other. 

The N.C. Department of Transportation awarded the lowest bidder, Chatham Civil Contracting LLC of Siler City, the $7.2 million contract this month.  

Crews can begin work as early as August, and construction is expected to take two years. During construction, drivers will not be greatly impacted, as most of the work is on new location. 

This project is considered the first phase of the Eastwood and Military Cutoff roads interchange. When that piece is under construction, Drysdale Drive Extension will serve as an alternate route for drivers.

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7/12/2022 9:47 AM