LELAND, NC (WWAY) — The Cape Fear Skyway bridge has been up for debate for years. On days like today, its absence has many commuters scratching their heads.
Traffic patterns between Leland and Wilmington were back to normal Tuesday afternoon, but that was certainly not the case this morning. Two fender benders were enough to back up traffic on US 74/76 for more than an hour causing commuters to sit for miles.
“I was just aggravated,” commuter Matthew Sevier said. “It was uncalled for.”
The traffic is an obvious problem, which caused many to be late to work this morning. So what’s the solution?
“You know, I’m not really sure. I wish I did know the answer to that, and then maybe I could help someone fix it,” commuter Sandy Osborne said.
Sevier says with continued growth in Brunswick County the solution is to offer alternate routes for drivers. He says he does not understand why this is still up for discussion.
“Please look at the growth that’s happened in Brunswick County over the last 10, 20 years and justify to me why there hasn’t been a move made to alleviate the congestion,” he said.
Leland Mayor Walter Futch has been an outspoken opponent to the Skyway project which, many think could help ease the congestion. Futch says the Skyway project is not worth the price, but many feel the bridge would be money well spent.
“I’m sure for the people living in Brunswick County, it would be a tax increase, and nobody’s crazy about a tax increases, but sometimes we have to do what we have to do to help,” Osborne said.
With no funding from the state, it seems the skyway project may have to wait it out, just like the commuters.
We tried to contact Mayor Futch multiple times today to see what he thought about the back up and how to solve the congestion problem. He has not returned our calls.