Public meetings start Thursday for Wilmington transportation plan


North Carolina Construction News staff writer

The Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) is kicking off a long-range metropolitan transportation plan, Cape Fear Navigating Change 2050, to identify transportation needs for the region over the next 25 years. The plan will include an evaluation of potential roadway, rail, freight, bus, ferry, aviation, bicycle, and pedestrian projects.

Several public meetings are planned to discuss Cape Fear Navigating Change 2050 and transportation needs for the Wilmington Wilmington metropolitan area, which includes New Hanover County and parts of Brunswick and Pender Counties:

  • Aug. 3 – 4 to 6 p.m., NE NHC Branch Library, Pine Room
  • Aug. 15 – 9 to 11 a.m., Carolina Beach Town Hall
  • Aug. 17 – 4 to 6 p.m., Belville Town Hall
  • Aug. 22 – 4 to 6 p.m., Pender County Government, Hampstead Annex
  • Aug. 24 – 9 to 11 a.m., NHC Senior Resource Center
  • Aug. 31 – Noon to 1 p.m., Virtual, (link available at

More information is available on  the plan’s website at, along with a survey and an interactive map. The survey and map will be available until November 30, 2023.

Cape Fear Navigating Change 2050 will be used by federal, state, and local governments to guide transportation projects in our region over the next 25 years.  A long-range metropolitan transportation plan for the region is federally required and must updated every five years.


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