Improvements coming to U.S. 74/76 in Columbus County

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Department of Transportation has awarded a multi-million dollar contract to make improvements at a busy intersection on U.S. Highway 74/76 in Columbus County.

According to the NCDOT, the $9 million contract was awarded to Highland Paving Co. of Fayetteville.

The company will add medians and a traffic signal along a 2.7-mile section of U.S. 74/76 between Water Tank Road in the Delco community of Columbus County and a point just east of the Brunswick County line.

The improvements will involve a superstreet design which directs drivers on the side roads into turning right onto the highway. U-turn areas will be created to allow drivers who turned right to safely turn around and go in the opposite direction.

According to a news release, the NCDOT says the new design should reduce the risk of crashes and improve traffic flow in the area.

The project will also include the installation of a traffic signal on U.S. 74/76 at N.C. 87.

Construction is scheduled to begin later this year and the work should be completed by the summer of 2020.

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