NC Department of Transportation Secretary Eric Boyette celebrated with local officials at a ceremonial groundbreaking of the Hampstead Bypass today.

Pender County Chairman David Piepmeyer, who also serves on the Wilmington Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO), explained that many community leaders worked and lobbied to get the bypass funding.

The event was Emceed by Landon Zimmer, board member of the NC Board of Transportation. Chad Kimes, Division Engineer at NCDOT, Beau Memory, NCDOT’s Chief Operating Officer, and Marc Finlayson, the executive director of Highway 17/64 Association each addressed the audience of nearly 100 guests.

The first leg of the bypass should be complete in five years, according to Kimes.


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