Based on the results of the
N.C. Department of Transportation's funding formula, the planning and environmental studies for this project were funded in the
2018-2027 State Transportation Improvement Program. The project, however, has not been funded for construction. As funding changes, updates will be posted to this page.
The Cape Fear Crossing is an approximately 9.5-mile proposed road and bridge over the Cape Fear River that would help improve traffic 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.