BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The final leg of of the Wilmington Bypass project is almost ready for drivers.
On Friday, the NC Department of Transportation hopes to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the final phase of the project, unless weather forces a delay.
The DOT says it will depend on a number of factors as to whether the road will open after the ribbon cutting, or whether work will need to continue for a couple more days.
Last week’s wet weather set work back and impacted sign installation, installation of pavement markings throughout the project, and the final concrete pour, all of which resumed today, according to NC DOT Spokesman Brian Rick.
The almost eight mile stretch of road will connect the section of bypass already open in New Hanover and Brunswick Counties.
Once the road opens, lane closures will be necessary until early Spring to complete the cleaning and painting of the structures.
Rick says Friday will start the final chapter of the approximate 20 mile, $411 million project that began in 2000.