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The Carolina Bays Parkway Extension to North Carolina is getting a fresh new look

Since the last time the Carolina Bays Parkway was mentioned on this blog, Bob moved north and my family doubled in size (we now have two boys along for our adventures).  In that January 2010 entry, I mentioned how South Carolina State Representative Tracy Edge asked SCDOT to begin studying an extension of the route into North Carolina.

Now it's the Summer of 2016 and NCDOT has selected an engineering firm to begin conducting an environmental study of six alternatives that will connect US 17 at Hickman Road to the existing Carolina Bays Parkway (SC 31) at SC Highway 9.  This would be the first step in selecting and eventually building the six lane freeway that is estimated to cost between $202 and 280 million.

At this time, there is no overall plan or schedule to build the eventual link.

Story Link: Remember the Carolina Bays Parkway extension? It might be back. ---Wilmington Star-News

Editors Note: With this post our total entries for 2016 (13) has exceeded the combined total of the past two years (12).  With any luck we may blow past the 2013 total of 16!  Amazing what a semester off of grad school can do!

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