NCDOT proposes $49M project to widen Gordon Road in New Hanover County

A virtual public meeting will be held on December 7.
This screenshot from a visualization video made by NCDOT shows how the improved road would look. (Photo: NCDOT)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  A virtual meeting will be held next week for you to give feedback on a proposal to widen 2.5 miles of Gordon Road in New Hanover County.

The N.C. Department of Transportation proposes widening the road from two lanes to four lanes with a raised median between Interstate 40/North College Road and Market Street.

The project is intended to ease congestion and provide for anticipated growth in traffic volumes, NCDOT says.

“The raised medians will improve safety and reduce the risk of serious crashes,” a DOT spokesman wrote in a release. “Additionally, a paved, 10-foot multiuse path would be constructed on the northern side of the widened road. Under the proposal, crews would install reduced conflict intersections, which would redirect motorists from side streets without traffic signals into turning right onto Gordon Road. If they wanted to go in the other direction, they would turn right first, then in a short distance get into a dedicated lane to make a safe U-turn.”

The widening project is supported by the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization. The project’s total estimated cost is $49 million.

Meeting details

The department will hold the virtual meeting Dec. 7 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. To participate, people should register online to receive an email confirmation and link on how to join the Go To Webinar.

Alternately, people may call into the meeting at 415-930-5321 and then enter the following audio access code: 774-815-240.

Comments about the preliminary design received by Jan. 3 will be considered toward the final design. People can go to this NCDOT website to learn more about the project and submit comments online, or ask the design team questions about the project.

People may also submit comments or questions by emailing or calling 984-205-6615 and entering access code 4244.

NCDOT will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in this meeting. Anyone requiring special services should contact Lauren Putnam at or 919-707-6072 as early as possible, so that arrangements can be made.

People who do not speak English, or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English, may receive interpretive services upon request prior to the meeting by calling 1-800-481-6494.

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