Hampstead Bypass not priority for Statewide funding of NCDOT projects

Published: Apr. 14, 2016 at 2:56 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 18, 2016 at 3:12 AM EDT
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HAMPSTEAD, NC (WECT) - Neither one of the segments for the Hampstead Bypass was identified as a statewide significant project to receive funding through the State Transportation Improvement Program, the North Carolina Department of Transportation's 10-year plan.

Pender County Representative Chris Millis said this is just step one of a three-step process.  Regional and Divisional input will also be factored into the final project list that will be released later this year.

"This is by no means the end of the story, or it is by no means bad news for proponents of the Hampstead Bypass," said Rep. Millis.

Rep. Millis said after legislative efforts to include tourism and military/freight impacts on Highway 17, the Hampstead Bypass scored much higher and is in a better position than before to see funding in the final State Transportation Improvement Program.

"Now that the Hampstead Bypass is scoring better on a Statewide level, the last two steps of scoring will be particularly important," said Rep. Millis. "The Wilmington MPO and the Division will have an opportunity to apply additional points to the project with the intent that the Bypass will make the final list this winter."

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