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Work Ends on Proposed Cape Fear Crossing

WILMINGTON   The state Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that the Cape Fear Crossing highway-bridge project is no longer being pursued, for now.

Cape Fear Crossing, a proposed large-scale transportation project, will no longer be pursued. Image: NCDOT

NCDOT initially considered for the project six different corridors that would have connected U.S. 17 and Interstate 140 in Brunswick County to U.S. 421 near the N.C. Port of Wilmington.

NCDOT planned to select a preferred corridor by the end of the year, after receiving public input at open houses and public hearings, but work on the project came to a stop because the project did not score well enough to receive construction funding in the draft State Transportation Improvement Plan used to prioritize projects.

This project can be considered for a future transportation improvement plans, if it is submitted by the Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, according to NCDOT.

The project would then be scored again by area transportation officials and NCDOT and compete with other projects for funding. The department will be releasing the next draft state transportation improvement plan in February 2022.

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