Record of Decision – an environmental document that records the selected designs and explains why the N.C. Department of Transportation chose those alternatives – was completed in September 2014 as shown in this compiled set of maps that includes the Military Cutoff Road extension project. The selection, which encompasses both the Hampstead Bypass and the nearby Military Cutoff Road Extension projects, was based on the analysis and evaluation contained in the
July 2014 Final Environmental Impact Statement and after careful consideration of all social, economic and environmental factors as well as input from the public.
Project development and environmental studies for the projects began in 2005 to identify the alternative that best meets the purpose and need of the project while minimizing impact to the environment.
The U.S. 17 Corridor Study Team, a team of representatives from NCDOT and other state and federal agencies, also considered public input and followed the NEPA/404 Merger Process – a method used to reach an agreement at critical milestones related to project development and permitting.
NCDOT held a meeting on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Hampstead. NCDOT representatives provided an update on the portion of the project from N.C. 140 to north of Hampstead in Pender County, as this revised vicinity map of Segments A and B illustrates. Public comment was taken until Nov. 20, 2017.