Published: Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 11:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 11:43 p.m.
Still awaiting response on bypass interchange

The good news: Thanks to the efforts of Sen. Bill Rabon and Rep. Chris Millis, the Hampstead Community finally had a chance in early July to meet top officials at the N.C. Department of Transportation in Raleigh and present the facts against providing us three interchanges in a four-mile stretch of the bypass highway. The director of engineering promised us all a full review and a report back by the end of July.

The bad news: November is almost gone, and we find this top official as unresponsive as his subordinates, if not more so. So it remains the official state plan to waste over $30 million building a third Hampstead ramp, based solely on a glaring error – the astonishing assumption that almost half of peak-hour bypass traffic will exit when passing Hampstead. Over 40 percent of Ocean Highway traffic – commercial, industrial, military, tourist and local – will supposedly choose to exit at a bedroom community with no industry, no regional draw and only one percent of the combined Wilmington/Jacksonville population. Go figure.

Mike Nadeau, Hampstead