Military Cutoff Road Extension is a $95 million project established by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to reduce traffic and enhance safety in the steadily growing city of Wilmington, NC by providing motorists another option for traveling to and from New Handover and Pender Counties.
Balfour Beatty’s scope of work includes extending Military Cutoff Road in Wilmington from Market Street to the U.S. 17 Wilmington Bypass in New Hanover County, as well as building a bypass around the town of Hampstead in Pender County. This four-mile project includes adding bridges, interchanges and a six-lane highway that will connect to the Wilmington Bypass. Balfour Beatty’s work includes grading, paving, drainage improvements, sound walls, bridges and culverts north of Market Street. Balfour Beatty will also build interchanges where the road now meets Market Street and at the new intersection at U.S. 17.
To prevent water and soil seepage that is common when building in coastal areas such as Wilmington, the Military Cutoff Road Extension project pioneered an innovative continuous flight auger (CFA) post system method. Becoming the first and only NCDOT project to use the CFA post system, the team has achieved approximately 20% schedule and 20% budget savings by self-performing this critical work.
Construction began in November 2017 and is expected to complete in 2023 as part of NCDOT’s 10-year State Transportation Improvement Program.