DOT officials plan to widen parts of NC Hwy 87

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Two public meetings have been planned to discuss proposed improvements to 30 miles of NC Highway 87 from US 74/76 in Columbus County to the Elizabethtown Bypass in Bladen County.

The Department of Transportation has big changes in mind to improve safety and ease traffic on parts of that busy highway.

Officials with the DOT plan to widen the highway, but it may take some time before that happens.

"There are people from New Hanover, Pender, Brunswick, and Columbus counties who travel that road to the mill," explained DOT District Engineer Drew Cox.  "It's harder for people to get in and out of traffic on that road. Making it a four lane will help traffic move smoother."

There are two proposed routes for the widening, so DOT officials said they want everyone living in the area to attend a public meeting to voice their opinion.

The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold meetings at 7 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 31 at East Bladen High School, located at 5600 N.C. Hwy. 87 in Elizabethtown
  • Thursday, Feb. 9 at Acme-Delco Elementary School, located at 16337 Old Lake Road in Riegelwood

An open house will be held before each meeting from 4 until 6:30 p.m. to allow NCDOT representatives to answer questions and receive comments about the proposed project, according to a news release.

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