Feedback wanted for US 17 Corridor Study
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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY)-- Two major construction projects would dramatically change the drive between between Hampstead and Wilmington. Some residents welcome the change, but it could come at a cost for others.

One part of the proposed project would extend Military Cutoff Road all the way to the Wilmington bypass.
It would cut through Ogden Park and the surrounding neighborhoods.

"It may help alleviate traffic, but i don't think that's where the state needs to be spending money right now," said Derrick Saul.

Saul is worried it could harm his property value, since the highway could run directly behind his home.

"How much is our property value going to be affected by it? As bad as it sounds, I hope we do get bought out because it's projected to be a four lane divided highway, 55 mph, literally 10 feet from our house."

The two proposed routes that extend Military Cutoff both cut through Ogden Park, but split on where they would connect to the Wilmington Bypass. Coming from Hampstead, it's a little trickier. There are four proposed routes that each cut through different parts of Pender and New Hanover Counties before connecting with the bypass.

Al Freimark is on a Citizen Advisory Committee representing Pender County.
He's worked to get a Hampstead Bypass for more than 16 years, but he's not happy with one aspect.

"We will not have the option of local or bypass," Friemark said, "everybody coming southbound will have to get on the bypass and then re-enter 17 from the bypass."

D.O.T. Engineer Allen Pope says that was the case, but now they are looking at making the interchange just south of the Topsail schools.

"So yes, for a short distance they would have to come back, it would be like a service road or some other means of getting to a local section of town." Pope explained.

The D.O.T. hopes to get a lot of feedback from residents. The goal is to have one preferred alternative by the end of the year. If you'd like to learn more, the D.O.T. is giving a formal presentation at 7:30 tonight at Noble Middle School.

There will be another open house and presentation Tuesday night at Topsail High School.

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I live on Whittle court...this is just crazy to put a 6 lane road thru residential area..not only that you are going to run it thru Ogden park...Wow wish we were told this from our builder...so much for paying extra for a Cull de sac corner lot.DOT TAKE A SURVEY OF HOW MANY CHILDREN LIVE IN THIS AREA AND OGDEN PARK!
WE WILL BE AWAITNG THE FIRST CHILDS DEATH DUE TO A ROAD FOR PUT THRU OUR NEIGHBIORHOOD!

First, anyone on Military Cutoff who wants to use the bypass need only turn off one block early, at Gordon Road, get on I40 and drive one exit North. You're at the bypass.

Second, Hampstead is not large enough to even NEED a bypass. If you're concerned about the traffic flow through town and the number of accidents, lower the speed limit to 35 at St. Johns Church Road South to the ABC store and put in the center medians that have been discussed.

We can no longer afford non-essential "nice to haves."

Our property is also 10 feet from this highway they plan to build. We will not be able to turn right out of our driveway!!! And what about all the children in our neighborhood??? They now ride their bikes on Putnam Drive and also on Mass Ave. We will be bothered by the sound, the fumes, and the large trucks going through our peaceful neighborhood. This is a terrible idea to put a 6 lane highway here in Ogden Park and beyond.
Barbara and Roger Wood

Barbara, this is the same thing that I'm currently dealing with, with the Kerr Avenue "Improvement" project. I'm at a loss as to what to do. My property value will be gravely effected and my quality of life as well. I too will no longer be able to turn right out of my driveway. It's just a total nightmare. Who will ever buy my property with this lurking in the near future. I just want to be zoned commercial, sell to someone who will build a strip mall or something and be on my way. This was an absolute shock!! So, I feel your pain.

Virgogirl I have recently come across and article that might interest you regarding the military cutoff extension, here is the link:

http://www.shipmanandwright.com/2012/09/so-they-are-taking-your-property...

While I do understand your plight, SOMEONE, likely several or more will be impacted by "fumes, noise of the big trucks, and dirt" in their "peaceful neighborhoods". There are simply too many people in the general vicinity and some will definitely be impacted, it's unavoidable.

Hopefully, they will buy you out and you can find another "peaceful neighborhood". These bypasses are for the larger scale common good of the county, it's people and an effort to manage a growing traffic problem.

Do you live were a road is being put thru your YARD!