Record of Decision – an environmental document that records the selected designs and explains why NCDOT chose those alternatives – was completed in September 2014. The selection 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
Merger Process – a method used to reach an agreement at critical milestones related to project development and permitting.
The N.C. Department of Transportation held a meeting on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Hampstead at which time NCDOT representatives provided an update on the portion of the project from the Wilmington Bypass to north of Hampstead in Pender County.
Public comment on the project was taken until Nov. 20, 2017.