Project Overview and Purpose
The N.C. Department of Transportation proposes improvements to the U.S. 17 and Market Street corridors in Pender and New Hanover counties in an effort to improve traffic and safety.
Proposed work would involve extending Military Cutoff Road in Wilmington from Market Street (U.S. 17 Business) to the U.S. 17 Wilmington Bypass in New Hanover County as well as building a bypass around the town of Hampstead in Pender County.
The Hampstead Bypass would be built in two sections:
- The first section would extend from the U.S. 17 Wilmington Bypass to N.C. 210. This section of the project is funded for design only in the current State Transportation Improvement Program.
- The second section of the bypass would extend from N.C. 210 to north of Hampstead. This section is funded for construction in the current State Transportation Improvement Program.
U.S. 17 Corridor Improvements and the Dan Owen Connector
Proposed work also includes improvements to U.S. 17 from South Washington Acres Road through Hampstead to just north of Sloop Point Loop Road. A new alignment connection – known as the Dan Owen Connector – is proposed between Dan Owen Road and Factory Road.
Right of Way Acquisition
Right of way acquisition for the proposed Military Cutoff Road Extension began in spring 2015 and is expected to be completed in time for project construction to begin in late 2017.
Right of way acquisition for the second section of the Hampstead Bypass – N.C. 210 to north of Hampstead – is expected to begin in April 2019, with property being acquired earlier, where possible. Construction is expected to begin in late 2020.
Right of way acquisition and construction for the first section of the Hampstead Bypass – U.S. 17 Wilmington Bypass to N.C. 210 – is currently unfunded.
In June 2012, the N.C. Department of Transportation selected two detailed design options – referred to as alternatives – for the projects:
- Alternative M1, as the corridor for the proposed Military Cutoff Road Extension
- Alternative E-H, as the final design for the proposed U.S. 17 Hampstead Bypass
Both alternatives, which were among 13 that were studied, were identified by NCDOT, as well as state and federal regulatory and environmental resource agencies, as having the least impact to surrounding communities and the environment.
Alternative M1, which extends Military Cutoff Road, begins at a proposed interchange at Military Cutoff Road and Market Street. The road then extends to the north and northwest, ending near Plantation Road and Crooked Pine Road at a proposed interchange with the U.S. 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.
Alternative E-H, the Hampstead Bypass, begins in New Hanover County at a proposed interchange with the U.S. 17 Wilmington Bypass. It extends from the U.S. 17 Wilmington Bypass northwest past Sidbury Road into Pender County. The road then turns to the northeast and continues to a proposed interchange with N.C. 210. From this interchange, the proposed bypass extends northeast and and continues to a proposed interchange at 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 U.S. 17 near Leeward Lane. The proposed road continues north on existing U.S. 17 to Sloop Point Loop Road.
The Record of Decision – an environmental document that records the selected designs and explains why NCDOT chose those alternatives – was completed in September 2014. The selection was based on the analysis and evaluation contained in the July 2014 Final Environmental Impact Statement and after careful consideration of all social, economic and environmental factors as well as input from the public.
Project development and environmental studies for the projects began in 2005 to identify the alternative that best meets the purpose and need of the project while minimizing impact to the environment.
The U.S. 17 Corridor Study Team, a team of representatives from NCDOT and other state and federal agencies, also considered public input and followed the Merger Process – a method used to reach an agreement at critical milestones related to project development and permitting.
The N.C. Department of Transportation held a meeting on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Hampstead at which time NCDOT representatives provided an update on the portion of the project from the Wilmington Bypass to north of Hampstead in Pender County.
Public comment on the project was taken until Nov. 20, 2017.
The maps and documents presented at the meeting are available below for review:
U.S. 17 Hampstead Bypass – New Hanover County:
U.S. 17 Hampstead Bypass – Pender County
U.S. 17 Corridor Improvements and the Dan Owen Connector
Public Meeting/Hearing Materials
|Draft Environmental Impact Statement approved
|Corridor public hearing
|Design public hearing for Military Cutoff Road extension
|Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement approved
|Final Environmental Impact Statement
|State Record of Decision
|Right of way acquisition for Military Cutoff Road extension begins
|Construction of Military Cutoff Road extension begins
|Right of way acquisition begins for the Hampstead Bypass from N.C. 210 to north of Hampstead
|Construction begins for the Hampstead Bypass from N.C. 210 to north of Hampstead
* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change
Public Meeting Handouts
Katie Hite, P.E., PTOE
Division Project Development Engineer
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Resources for Local Property Owners
Although the N.C. Department of Transportation works to minimize the number of homes and businesses displaced by a road project, it is inevitable, in many cases, that a certain amount of private property is needed. The following information explains right of way acquisition and answers questions about the process.