Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the WMPO. According to their webpage "The WMPO is tasked with providing a regional, cooperative planning process that serves as the basis for the expenditure of all feederal transportation funds in the area".
Since these organization is responsible for planning and prioritizing in the area, I think they (and not the DOT) should be asked why they felt that improving the Hwy 421/Hwy 17 merge was not of regional importance as of their Jan 2012 meeting. They have instead opted to support a multi-modal terminal in Wilmington, rail service from Castle Hayne to Wallace and the Hampstead Bypass.
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