The Cape Fear Crossing is an approximately 9.5-mile proposed road and bridge over the Cape Fear River that would help improve traffic flow and enhance freight movements from U.S. 17 and I-140 in Brunswick County to U.S. 421 near the Port of Wilmington in southern New Hanover County.
U.S. 17 serves as one of the primary entry points into Wilmington from the west, and the Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization determined that an additional crossing is needed to alleviate congestion on the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge (U.S. 76/U.S. 421/ U.S. 17 Business).
The Cape Fear Crossing would also make it quicker for residents and visitors to evacuate in the event of a hurricane or other emergency situation.
NCDOT is receiving public comment at the link below on the Cape Fear Crossing project until
May 16, 2019.
Preliminary cost estimates for the Cape Fear Crossing are between $620 million and $995 million. Final costs will be determined during the design process.
While planning and environmental studies for this project were funded in the N.C. Department of Transportation's 2018-2027 State Transportation Improvement Program, right of way acquisition and construction are currently unfunded.
Once funding for construction is secured, it will take an estimated five years to complete the project.