Department of Transportation

NC Senate Candidates Debate the 2013 Mobility Formula

Sep 30, 2014
Wilmington Business Journal

Economic development experts say aging transportation systems are holding back growth in southeastern North Carolina.  The candidates for North Carolina’s Senate District 9, which encompasses most of New Hanover County, differ on whether the Mobility Formula is fair. 

North Carolina Department of Transportation

The Leland causeway construction likely won’t end until November of 2016. But some traffic easement may come by next summer.

Isabelle Shepherd

Due to causeway construction, Leland drivers often don't know what they'll encounter on their commute. Will it be an hour of traffic or smooth sailing? Citizens have taken traffic reporting into their own hands.

Before heading out to work, Leland residents would like a traffic update.  That was one of the public suggestions made to the North Carolina Department of Transportation at their meeting to discuss causeway traffic issues.  As it stands, the NC DOT has a website for such updates, but it only offers still shots, with no live feed. 


Construction work on a Leland causeway is creating multiple traffic problems. On U.S. 17-74-76, one such issue is line visibility, with drivers complaining that they see up to three lane lines on the road. 

A group of Hampstead citizens has organized to oppose a proposed interchange along Highway 17 that would bisect their town. Construction of this thirty-million-dollar ramp is slated to begin in 2023; however, the local group is already fighting the six-lane interchange, saying the project will disrupt local business and the environment.

More than 37 miles of primary and secondary roads in Brunswick and New Hanover Counties will soon be resurfaced.