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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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