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The New Bridge in Our Future: Cape Fear Crossing

Wednesday, June 5, 2019   /   by Anne Rose

The New Bridge in Our Future: Cape Fear Crossing

There is a new bridge in the future of the Cape Fear region, and properties in Northern Brunswick County may be impacted by construction of the NCDOT project, which is currently in the planning and environmental study stage. Home buyers purchasing in Northern Brunswick County, including Leland, Bellville, etc., need to understand the proposed Cape Fear Crossing road and bridge project.

Cape Fear Crossing, a proposal for a 9.5-mile road and a high-level bridge over the Cape Fear River, was developed as a solution to improve both traffic flow and freight transportation from Brunswick County's portions of U.S. 17 and Interstate 140 to U.S. 421. The area of impact on the New Hanover County side of the project is near the North Carolina Port of Wilmington. NCDOT officials say that the project will ease congestion on Screen Shot 2019-06-05 at 9.19.55 AM.pngthe Cape Fear Memorial Bridge, and will improve evacuation routes in the event of a hurricane or other emergency. 

The Cape Fear Crossing project is, as of now, unfunded. The environmental study has not been finalized, nor has the DOT picked a route with which to proceed. At this point, it could be years before any dirt gets moved. Buyers and sellers can find current information on the project at the DOT website

Your KBT agent will include a Cape Fear Crossing disclosure in the documents for both buyers and sellers, as a material fact impacting any transaction happening in Northern Brunswick County. For property listings in the same area, the Cape Fear Crossing disclosure will be a part of the online listing documents. 

At this time, DOT advises that the project has not been funded for acquisition. Interested parties can contact Krista Kimmel, P.E. of the NCDOT for further updated information. Her office is the primary contact for specific information. She may be reached at: Krista Kimmel, P.E., 800.233.6315

Any property within the project area is subject to eminent domain and government-taking. As with any major construction projects there will be temporary nuisances and disturbances including but not limited to: noise, vibration, dirt, dust, and at times, bright lights. Once the project is complete road traffic noise may also be of concern.

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