Leaders discuss Wilmington area’s transportation needs to handle growth


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Can Wilmington’s transportation infrastructure handle future growth and development? That was the main focus at a Power Breakfast with leaders from all over the Cape Fear this morning.

Mike Kozlosky with the Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization says $1.3 billion will be spent on transportation projects in the area in the next 10 years.

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Representatives from the Port of Wilmington, Wave Transit, NCDOT and Wilmington International Airport spoke as panelists on current projects and how to handle growth.

Airport Director Julie Wilsey says she believes Wilmington will be able to handle more people and more development.

“I think we are in a really good spot,” Wilsey said. “I think we have a lot of well thought out projects. The challenge, of course, is that transportation projects are very expensive, and they take years to plan correctly, so the growth of each of the systems lags a little bit behind demand.”

Another big topic discussed was the future of the Cape Fear Crossing, which would be a third bridge to cross the Cape Fear River. Kozlosky says there will be public hearings this spring, and they hope to decide on a route this summer.