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Hampstead Bypass and Military Cutoff Road

Fast Facts

Project# U-4751 and R-3300
Type: New roadway and an extension
Affected Counties: Pender, New Hanover
Estimated Cost: $203.6 million (Military Road Extension – $51,600,00 & Hampstead Bypass – $152,000,000)


In New Hanover County, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) plans to extend Military Cutoff Road (U-4751) as a six-lane divided roadway.

This 3.56-mile section will pass through the city of Wilmington, North Carolina – starting where Military Cutoff Road joins Market Street (US 17 Business) and extending north to the US 17 Wilmington Bypass (John Jay Burney Jr. Freeway).

Later, the extension will join to project R-3300 (Hampstead Bypass), which proposes to build a bypass along US 17 around Hampstead, NC, through Pender and New Hanover Counties.

The Hampstead Bypass and Military Cutoff Road extension are both part of plans by the NCDOT to improve US 17 as a vital highway along the North Carolina coast.

However, some are concerned about the potential impacts on the area’s infrastructure. This project and other expansions will affect business, land, and homeowners.

As of the summer of 2015, only U-4751 (the Military Cutoff Road Extension) is funded.



  • Right-of-way Acquisition on U-4751 (Military Cutoff) – Underway
  • Right-of-way Acquisition on R-3300 (Hampstead Bypass) – August 2016
  • Construction Start on U-4751 (Military Cutoff) –  2017
  • Construction Start on R-3300 (Hampstead Bypass) – Unfunded as of summer 2015, in the amended 2012 – 2020 State Transportation Improvement Program
  • Projects Completed – TBD

Property Takings

More than 190 owners of 220 parcels of land will be affected by the Military Cutoff Road Extension (U-4751). Currently, the DOT has set aside $45.6 million for these right-of-way takings.

For the Hampstead Bypass (R-3300) section of the project, the DOT plans to set aside $21.2 million for seizing property.

If your property will be affected, contact one of our attorneys for a free case evaluation.