Cape Fear Crossing project causes conflict between DOT, residents

Cape Fear Crossing project causes conflict between DOT, residents

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The NCDOT held a public hearing Monday night at Hoggard High School to present six maps of potential locations for a new bridge to relieve traffic congestion between Leland and Wilmington.

The Cape Fear Crossing project could impact neighborhoods on both sides of the Cape Fear River. It could end up costing close to a billion dollars to build.

Jamile Robbins, the NCDOT’s public involvement, community studies and visualization group leader, said Monday’s event was about discussing locations rather than the designs of the projects.

Dozens of residents from New Hanover and Brunswick counties showed up to voice their concerns.

Brunswick Forest resident Barry Donaghue is concerned about the options that shows the highway running through his neighborhood.

“Obviously noise and property value is a big concern, and just a destruction of how we live,” Donaghue said, holding a sign that read “Slow down and get it right.”

NCDOT plans on holding another public hearing and open house Tuesday at North Brunswick High School. The open house will last from 5-6:30 p.m. with the public hearing scheduled to start at 7.

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