North Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Eric Boyette, staff and elected officials are expected to break ground this week on the first section of the U.S. 17 Hampstead Bypass.
A groundbreaking ceremony is set for 11 a.m. Friday at 18525 U.S. 17 in Hampstead.
NCDOT is making improvements to the U.S. 17 corridor in Pender and New Hanover counties, including building a bypass around Hampstead, in an effort to improve traffic and safety, according to the state.
The Hampstead Bypass is being built in two segments.
One segment is to extend from N.C. 140, formerly known as the U.S. 17 Wilmington Bypass, to N.C. 210. The other segment is to extend from N.C. 210 to north of Hampstead.
Both segments are funded for construction in the current State Transportation Improvement Program.