Get to Know the WMPO

The Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) is the regional transportation planning agency for the lower Cape Fear region of southeastern North Carolina. The WMPO facilitates a cooperative, comprehensive, and continuing transportation planning process that serves as the basis for the expenditure of all federal transportation funds in the area for streets, highways, bridges, public transit, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

Cape Fear Moving Forward 2045

Cape Fear Moving Forward 2045 is the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) used by federal, state, and local governments to guide transportation projects in our region over the next 25 years. The creation of this plan is required to secure federal transportation dollars for our region. The plan includes an evaluation of potential aviation, bicycle and pedestrian, ferry and water transportation, freight and freight rail, public transportation, and roadway projects to meet the needs of the region. Adopted by the WMPO Board on November 18, 2020, the MTP was developed with extensive public input. To view Cape Fear Moving Forward 2045, click here.

More About Us Meet The Board
  • Navassa Collector Street Plan

    The WMPO Board adopted the 2022 Navassa Collector Street Plan on August 31, 2022. The plan replaces the 2004 Town of Navassa Collector Street Plan and will serve as a tool for the Town to guide both public and private investments in shaping the transportation network as the Town continues to grow. Plan development was guided by a steering committee and incorporated public input received via a survey and public meetings. Navassa Town Council adopted the plan on August 18, 2022. The plan can be viewed here.

  • FY23 Call for Projects

    The WMPO is pleased to announce a call for projects for the upcoming federal fiscal year. The funds are available via the Bi-Partisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), also referred to as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). This funding is provided by the WMPO through NCDOT and there is a minimum 20% local match requirement.

    For more information, important dates, submittal guidelines, and the application, click here.

  • Quarter-Cent Sales Tax to Expand Trails & Modernize Transit

    A quarter-cent transportation sales tax will be on the ballot for New Hanover County citizens to vote on in November. The sales tax would provide a dedicated revenue source for expanding and enhancing the community’s bicycling, walking, and public transportation networks. The county has created a website to provide information about potential uses of the sales tax and the importance of public transportation. Click here to access the website and find out more!

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Traffic Count Map

The Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization collects traffic counts on an annual basis. This map identifies locations and traffic count data for the WMPO planning area.

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Map of Average Daily Traffic counts from locations throughout Wilmington, NC

Latest Transportation Projects

Kerr Avenue & Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway Interchange (U-3338C)

This project will construct an interchange at Kerr Avenue & US74/Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway.

New Route from 23rd Street to 26th Street (U-5926)

This project will construct a roadway on new location from 23rd Street to 26th Street.

NC133 Roadway Modernization (U-5914)

This project will modernize NC133/River Road SE from US17/74/76 to Old River Road.