TRAFFIC ALERT: New ramp associated with Military Cutoff Road Extension expected to open tonight

TRAFFIC ALERT: New ramp associated with Military Cutoff Road Extension opens Thursday night

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The N.C. Department of Transportation says it tentatively expects to begin shifting traffic onto a new ramp Thursday night as contractors continue work on the Military Cutoff Road Extension project.

The new ramp that connects Military Cutoff Road at Gordon Road and Military Cutoff Road at Market Street was tentatively scheduled to open Wednesday, Dec. 11, but was pushed back to this week.

Two lanes in each direction on Military Cutoff, between Market Street and Gordon Road, will be shifted to the new ramp, which has two lanes in each direction. The temporary traffic signals at these locations will also be activated for the new ramp.

During the traffic shift, contract crews will be able to safely build an overpass for the Military Cutoff Road Extension, which will allow it to pass over Market Street.

This project is expected to relieve congestion on Market Street, allow better access to U.S. 17 and the Wilmington Bypass, as well as improve safety in the area.

Construction is scheduled to be complete in 2022.

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