The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has been working on plans to improve College Road in Wilmington since 2018. The road is a major thoroughfare in the area, and the proposed improvements aim to alleviate congestion and improve safety for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians. The improvements include:
  • Adding turn lanes and medians.
  • Improving intersections.
  • Widening the road to accommodate more traffic.
Community input is one of the most critical aspects of the College Road improvement project. The NCDOT held a public meeting in 2018 to allow community members to voice their opinions and provide feedback on the proposed changes. This input is crucial in ensuring that the project meets the community’s needs and is carried out in a way that minimizes disruption.The NCDOT plans to acquire the necessary rights of way for the project in 2024, with construction expected to be finished by 2026. This timeline allows for the planning and preparation to be completed before construction begins. It also ensures that the project is carried out promptly and efficiently, minimizing disruption to the community. View the complete NCDOT map here.



The improvements to College Road will have a significant impact on the area. Adding turn lanes and medians will improve traffic flow and reduce the risk of accidents. The improved intersections will make it easier for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians to navigate the area safely. In addition, the widened road will accommodate more traffic, reducing congestion and travel times.

In addition to the immediate benefits of the College Road improvement project, there are also long-term benefits. The improved road will make the area more attractive to businesses and residents, contributing to economic growth and development. It will also provide a more efficient transportation network, benefiting the entire region.

Overall, the College Road improvement project is an essential step in improving the transportation infrastructure in Wilmington. By incorporating community input, the project will be carried out in a way that meets the community’s needs and minimizes disruption. With construction set to begin in 2024 and finish in 2026, the improvements to College Road will significantly impact the area for years.

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