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 human and natural environments.
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 crosses 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.