NC DOT hosts public meeting on new interchange at US 17 in Brunswick County

The NC DOT will hold a public meeting Thursday night to talk about the project.
The NC DOT will hold a public meeting Thursday night to talk about the project.(Google Maps)
Updated: May. 16, 2019 at 4:42 PM EDT
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SUPPLY, NC (WECT) - NC Department of Transportation plans to build an interchange to replace the current intersection at US 17 and NC 211 (Southport Supply Road Southeast).

NC DOT held a public meeting at the Brunswick Senior Center in Supply Thursday night for residents to ask questions or express their concerns.

The project aims to alleviate traffic in the area. NC DOT said the existing intersection is the busiest one in Brunswick County.

Contractors began looking into upgrading the intersection several years ago. Brian Harding, design engineer with NC DOT, said they conducted a study several years ago to explore their options.

“It was originally looked at as being a super street, along with other intersections on this corridor, and this one actually scored better as an interchange and so that’s what it’s moving forward as,” said Harding.

The final project will result in two bridges designed to take traffic one way and a road underneath it to take traffic the other way.

Many people at the meeting said this project is long overdue. However, they’re not happy that it will impact surrounding businesses such as McDonald’s, Hardees, and Bojangles. Harding said they plan to buy the properties and pay the cost for the relocation of those nearby businesses.

If you want to submit a comment or question to DOT on the proposal click here.

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