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Turnpike Authority hosts public workshops on Cape Fear Skyway Project

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THIS INFORMATION FROM A NEWS RELEASE SENT TO THE WWAY NEWSCHANNEL 3 NEWSROOM

RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) –– The NC Turnpike Authority has scheduled two Citizens’ Informational Workshops regarding the proposed Cape Fear Skyway in Brunswick and New Hanover counties. The workshops are open to the public, and anyone interested in finding out more about the project is encouraged to attend.

The workshops will be held on:
• Tuesday, March 22, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Belville Elementary School, 575 River Road, Leland, NC; and
• Thursday, March 24, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Alderman Elementary School, 2025 Independence Blvd., Wilmington, NC.

Representatives from the project study team will share information, answer questions and receive comments regarding the proposed project in an informal setting. The same information will be available at each workshop. There will not be a formal presentation, and participants may drop in at any time during the workshops. Comments or questions may also be submitted to the contact listed below.

The Cape Fear Skyway is a potential toll road that would extend from U.S. 17 and future I-140 in Brunswick County to U.S. 421 in New Hanover County, including a high-rise bridge over the Cape Fear River. The project is estimated to cost between $950 million and $1.1 billion.

The Authority is currently studying several potential corridors for the Skyway, as well as whether to develop it as a toll road. A study area map and other project information will be available at the workshops, or it can be viewed online at http://www.ncturnpike.org/projects/Cape_Fear .

For additional information, contact Jennifer Harris, the Turnpike Authority’s Director of Planning and Environmental Studies, at 1578 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1578, by phone at (800) 233-6315 or by email at capefear@ncturnpike.org.

The Turnpike Authority will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in the workshop. Anyone requiring special services should contact Jennifer Harris by Monday, March 14, so arrangements can be made.

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We don't need this skyway

We don't need this skyway bridge. We need something to alleviate the problems coming to & from Wilmington/Leland. I wish they would widen the road and make it 3 lanes from where both bridges merge (Cape Fear & Isabel Holmes) all the way to the Myrtle Beach/74-76 exits.

Bridge.

Maybe it didn't occur to you that a bridge South of Wilmington would alleviate soome of the problems coming to and from Leland and Wilmington.

The four lane highway portion through the causeway is already terrible again as it sinks back into the marsh. The DOT rebuilt it ten years ago and it's already back to the condition it was in then.

Or, maybe the could cut down

Or, maybe the could cut down that forest in the middle of the road on 74/76 right before the CF Memorial Bridge, widen and straighten up the roadway, and allow incoming merging traffic coming from 421 the safe space needed and the ability to actually use their mirrors to merge safely into traffic, instead of having 1 lane coming from 421 that twists and turns, as 74/76 twists and turns at the same time, causing drivers to turn their heads and slow down to a crawl as the 2 roads merge. Make straight, wide, easy to merge lanes and not
an obstacle course where drivers fear they will be plowed into at any moment.

It may cost a few million, maybe even 10-20 million. But it wouldn't cost billions and take 20 years to build.

maybe we should finish one

maybe we should finish one bridge before starting another. When the 140 bypass is completed, people will see that this will allieviate a lot of the traffic issues.

I agree

Finish the bypass and I think you will see a reduction already. The road to nothing needs to be complete.

Agree, but...

...they have to start the usefull part of the bypass to finish it. NC-DOT, in their infinite wisdom (and with Wilmington-Metro TAC's blessing) has chosen to build the cheaper section of the I-140 bypass first. You know, the section that will span between Hwy 17 and Hwy 74-76...in other words serve the same purpose as Hwy 87. This only makes sense if you want to force the area to build the Skyway Bridge. The CRITICAL section of the bypass is not even at the stage where property is being purchased.

Take the money that the Wilmington Metro TAC wants spend to four-lane Village Rd and add additional lanes to the causeway. It's not an answer but at least it's a band-aid. Honestly, does anyone from Wilmington give a damn about Village Rd?