PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A group of people in Hampstead gathered Thursday to express their opposition to a proposed traffic route they say will hurt the area.
Members of the Citizens for the Hampstead Bypass group rallied at the Chapel Pond in Hampstead.
They hope their voice will be loud enough to stop a third interchange on the proposed HWY 17 bypass around Hampstead.
The group thinks the third interchange on the proposed bypass would negatively impact the Hampstead business district, disturb environmental habitats, and come with a steep price tag, funded by tax payers. After studying the plan, many are worried that it would force homes and businesses to move and cause the Chapel Pond, which many say they love, to be filled in.
"It's going to lose its small town appeal its going to look more like a Wilmington or a Jacksonville," said Joe Decicco, a Hampstead Resident.
NCDOT representatives said the pond would be impacted, but claim they do not know at this point how nearby homes or businesses would be impacted.
The group said they completed their own traffic study which proves the interchange is unnecessary.
"I think most people feel a bypass should bring traffic around town not through it, this is a six ramp, one mile long, it's $30 million in cost and its just completely unnecessary," said Mike Nadeau, one of the group's founders.
More information will become available from the group starting Thursday on their website www.c4hb.com.
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