The N.C. Department of Transportation is making improvements to the U.S. 17 corridor in Pender and New Hanover counties in an effort to improve traffic and safety. Work involves building a bypass around the town of Hampstead in Pender County.
The Hampstead Bypass is being built in two sections:
- One section (R-3300A) extends from the U.S. 17 Wilmington Bypass to N.C. 210. This section is funded for construction in the current State Transportation Improvement Program.
- Another section (R-3300B) 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 (U-5732) and the Dan Owen Connector (U-5732A)
The improvements to the U.S. 17 corridor included a separate project from south of Washington Acres Road through Hampstead to Vista Lane. In the summer of 2018, a new alignment connection – now known as the Safe Passage Way – was constructed between Dan Owen Drive and Factory Road.