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New Hampstead Bypass plan raises concerns for some residents

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation is revealing the newest plan for the Hampstead Bypass. (Source: North Carolina Dept. of Transportation) The North Carolina Department of Transportation is revealing the newest plan for the Hampstead Bypass. (Source: North Carolina Dept. of Transportation)

HAMPSTEAD, NC (WECT) - The North Carolina Department of Transportation is revealing the newest plan for the Hampstead Bypass.

While many are in favor of the road, some are speaking out and raising concerns about the newest plan.

As part of the new plan, the Department of Transportation is adding a new interchange north of Topsail High School. It solves the problems raised by many people back in 2011 who argued that without it they would have to drive miles out of their way just to get to the school, but one resident says it also creates new concerns.

With the new interchange, the $30 million plan now calls for four interchanges, one at the Wilmington Bypass, one at Highway 210, one near Grandview Drive where many businesses are, and the new one near Topsail High School.

Michael Nadeau says all of the interchanges are unnecessary for the amount of traffic that drives through the area. He argues that the Grandview Interchange specifically is unnecessary, because it sits so close to the other interchange. He believes it is a waste of money, and unnecessarily disrupts the area.

The plan estimates that by 2035 about 1,000 cars will use that ramp during peak traffic hours, but Nadeau is questioning those numbers, and says a more community specific survey should be done before money is spent and the road is built.

He is urging others in the area to speak out.

"If we don't say something about this, no one else will," said Nadeau. "This is kind of a done deal in DOT's mind and if it needs to be looked at, if it needs to be re-evaluated, then they've got to be forced to do it."

Officials in the Department of Transportation say the numbers are based on a traffic forecast that was completed in 2008. They say they take into account what the land use will be in 2035.

There will be an informational session Thursday, August 15 at Topsail High School, from 4 to 7 p.m.  It is not a public hearing, but residents will be able to ask questions.

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