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Part of Wilmington Bypass set to open in a few months

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- Good news for those who live in Brunswick County, a portion of the bypass that connects US 74-76 to US-17 will be done in just a few months.

"We're trying to wait and get the traffic signals and the crossovers installed under there. That's the biggest reason we can't open it yet,” Resident engineer for the NC DOT Wayne Currie said.

Currie says bad weather is to blame for the delay.

"It's not been great weather for construction period. It wasn't a great winter or spring,” He explained.

But bridges connecting this road to I-140 in New Hanover County are not ready yet, and won’t be for another three years. So, those who use this road can't go very far.

"There isn't going to be, I don't think, a whole lot of traffic on it. But it's a start to the end to alleviate some of the traffic problems going through Wilmington,” Lawrence Burgwald said.

"It seems to me it's more or less a road to nowhere,” Edana Schmidt said. “I don't see what good it's going to do any of us."

The entire bypass will not be done until at least 2017 or later.

"I hope I'm still here,” Schmidt said. “It seems like a long time. We've been waiting for it for a long time.”

And patience among those wanting to use the road is running out.

"Get the road done,” Burgwald said.

Engineers say they started this portion of the bypass first because they had they funding and plans already in place.

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Traffic light

Installing traffic lights on a major highway like 74 makes no sense. There should be on/off ramps - not traffic signals to connect Hwy 74 and this new section of I-140. All along the "74 Corridor" they've been getting rid of intersections and adding on/off ramps to improve traffic flow. Now they're going backwards and ADDING intersections and traffic signals. Government idiots.

Raleigh

If this was road work in Raleigh they would work on it 24/7 till it is done. The State need to make this the top construction in the state. It would take a load of traffic office hwy 421/17/74/76

Our government "at work"

From the story: ""We're trying to wait and get the traffic signals and the crossovers installed under there. That's the biggest reason we can't open it yet,” Resident engineer for the NC DOT Wayne Currie said."

So by waiting the work will get done? Only in government does that make sense.

My understanding is the issue is the geniuses that did the budgeting & planning for the road didn't include the cost of the traffic lights. Or for the intersection work that has to be done to get on & off the new highway at HWY 74. Who knew that a major interchange that traffic has to cross lanes of oncoming traffic needs signal lights? Apparently not the DOT planners. Must be something new.

Big Whoop!!

Great, another road that connects Hwy 17 to Hwy 74/76. I need to get into Wilmington not to 17 or 74/76. We need a bridge not another connector road. Why couldn't the energy and resources wasted on the connector road go into building the bridge sooner.

This is for a bypass around

This is for a bypass around Wilmington. Not another way to get across the river. If they ever get the bypass completed, it would ease some of the traffic crossing the river.

It will just lead to the

It will just lead to the same ole bottleneck right at the bridge and will not change anything except for skipping the stoplights at Walmart on US 17.

by pass to nowhere

what great planning it took to build a road that will be useless for four years this just shows the genius of DOT and political leaders

Yay for roads

I am extremely excited for this bypass to be fully complete in the future!
I believe there are TWO ways to look at this article, and the construction of this section of I 140.
1- While it does seem that this road goes to nowhere, it may alleviate traffic jams from HWY 17 to Hwy 74 on 87, where Maco Road is currently changing and seems to always have construction present.
When they eventually build the bridges that link to this section, we will not be waiting on this bypass because it is complete!
2- It could very well become a bypass of traffic in Leland at the Magnolia Greens/ Waterford area, where there are several traffic lights.

If anyone has ever been stuck in traffic due to a wreck, bridge closures, or the dreaded "Lets shut down one bridge entirely" idiotic decision the DOT makes, this can potentially help these traffic nightmares as well!

Any way you look at it, people are going to complain. Just think- Glass, half full!

It will be a big help to

It will be a big help to those traveling toward Mt. Misery Road. You will not have to go all the way to Lanvale. Too bad they could not open the 17-74/76 connector before they closed down 87. What traffic signals is Wayne Currie talking about?

People this so called bypass

People this so called bypass is another huge fleecing of the NC taxpayers, for starters the DOT should be fired, that section of road should have never been started until the section of bypass from 74 to 421 had of been completed, there had to be some very crooked politics involved in the decision to build the road to nowhere first, think about it, it is worthless without the other section. The section across the Cape Fear would have provided an alternate crossing when either bridge fails causing the traffic to back up to the point you can't access either bridge.

If there was an investigation on who made the decision to build the bypass around Leland first instead of across the Cape Fear it would help break up the good old boy system that is a carry over from the 140 years of liberal leadership.