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Free info session for property owners impacted by the Military Cutoff extension

Published: Jun. 24, 2015 at 10:28 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 2, 2015 at 6:28 PM EDT
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An example of a single-point urban interchange from Mt. Pleasant, SC. (Source: NCDOT)
An example of a single-point urban interchange from Mt. Pleasant, SC. (Source: NCDOT)
Example of a quadrant intersection from Huntersville, NC. (Source: NCDOT)
Example of a quadrant intersection from Huntersville, NC. (Source: NCDOT)
An example of an Echelon Interchange that exist in Aventura, FL. (Source: NCDOT)
An example of an Echelon Interchange that exist in Aventura, FL. (Source: NCDOT)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The NC Department of Transportation is evaluating elevated and street-level designs for one of Wilmington's busiest intersections.

DOT officials are considering the installation of an interchange at that intersection of Military Cutoff and Eastwood Road and are asking for resident feedback.

A public meeting will be held Tuesday at St. Andrews on The Sound, located at 101 Arlie Road, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Residents are asked to provide feedback on the proposals at the meeting.

DOT officials have conducted studies to address traffic congestion at the intersection to help increase safety and improve the traffic flow.

Studies have shown in 2013, approximately 63,000 vehicles per day passed through the Eastwood Road and Military Cutoff Road. By 2035, they are estimating over 100,000 vehicles per day will use this intersection.

The project is considering alternative ways to improve traffic flow at the intersection while limiting the effects of the project on the surrounding development.

The first option is a quadrant intersection which would removed left turns from the main intersection; much like a roundabout does.

The second is called a single-point urban interchange which separates the through movements of the main street with an elevated ramp. The SPUI could be built without taking up much more land than a conventional intersection.

Echelon Interchange is the third. This interchange places one direction of each of the roads on a bridge resulting in two signalized intersections.

Brian Rick, the spokesperson with the DOT, said currently $4.86 million is allotted for the right-of-way acquisition and $20.25 million is allotted for construction.

We asked DOT officials if this project is in conjunction with the $130 million Military Cutoff extension project and they said this at the Eastwood intersection a separate project.

If approved the tentative timeline for the project shows a public hearing would take place in spring of 2017. Construction would not take place until until 2022 and would last roughly two years. The timeline is estimating the opening of the new intersection to be in summer of 2024.

Rick said there will be maps shown at Tuesday's meeting and all attendees are encouraged to asked questions.

Anyone who cannot attend the meeting can provide comments by Oct. 13 to:
Kim Gillespie 
919-707-6023
klgillespie@ncdot.gov
1548 Mail Service Center

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