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NCDOT has plans for one of Brunswick's busiest intersections. Here's what to know.

By Renee Spencer, Wilmington StarNews,


Those who drive the stretch of N.C. 211 from Midway Road to Southport regularly have watched as crews relocate utilities and build up mounds of dirt that will one day be roadway.

The work is part of the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s effort to widen N.C. 211 from Southport to Midway Road. The project, which began in January 2022, is currently slated for completion in the summer of 2027.

But what about the rest of N.C. 211 and the busy intersection at U.S. 17 in Supply?

Here’s what you need to know.

There are plans to widen N.C. 211 to U.S. 17

The NCDOT states its long-term goal is to widen N.C. 211 to U.S. 17, with the project occurring in two phases, Midway to Sunset Harbor Road and Sunset Harbor Road to U.S. 17. According to an NCDOT fact sheet, posted on the “high-profile projects” section of its website, widening for those sections is currently unfunded. The NCDOT is looking for funding for those projects.

What about the intersection of N.C. 211 and U.S. 17?

This is one of Brunswick County’s busiest intersections, joining two major thoroughfares. The NCDOT does have plans for improvements, and those will come in the form of an overpass. According to NCDOT spokeswoman Lauren Haviland, the project has been funded for preliminary engineering, but there are no final plans for the project at this time.

According to an NCDOT database, the intersection saw 74 crashes from June 1, 2018, through May 31, 2023, making it one of the county’s 10 most dangerous.

When could the overpass be built?

The project is still several years out. Haviland said full right-of-way acquisition for the overpass has not yet been authorized, and NCDOT’s right-of-way division had not acquired any parcels for the project as of September 7, 2023.

What about the overpasses at Midway and Long Beach roads?

Work on the Midway overpass is underway, and crews are expected to begin work on the Long Beach Road overpass this fall.

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