The N.C. Department of Transportation is making improvements to the U.S. 17 and Market Street corridors in Pender and New Hanover counties in an effort to improve traffic and safety.
Work involves 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 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 and the Dan Owen Connector (Safe Passage Way)
The work also includes improvements to U.S. 17 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.