Get to Know WMPO

Get To Know WMPO

The Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization 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.

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  • 2020-2029 STIP

    In September the NCDOT Board of Transportation adopted the 2020-2029 State Transportation Improvement Plan. This plan is the result of efforts by NCDOT, MPO’s, and RPO’s from across North Carolina, to prioritize project through Prioritization 5.0. The document consists of over 1,700 transportation projects across North Carolina. To learn more about the 2020-2029 STIP process, visit the NCDOT’s 2020-2029 STIP Development page.

  • Prioritization 6.0

    The project submittal window for Prioritization 6.0 is scheduled to open October 1, 2019 through May 1, 2020. The WMPO will refer to the currently adopted MTP, Cape Fear Transportation 2040, as well as coordinate with project partners and NCDOT Division 3, to select projects for submission. The WMPO is eligible to submit up to 19 projects per transportation mode. Once the project submittal window has ended, the next steps taken by NCDOT are to score all projects and program the highest scoring and eligible projects for money at the statewide tier. To learn more about the Prioritization 6.0 process, visit NCDOT’s 2023-2032 STIP Development page.

  • Cape Fear Moving Forward

    The Cape Fear Moving Forward 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan will guide transportation project in our region over the next 25 years. WMPO staff is wrapping up development of the draft plan which is anticipated to be released for public comment in February 2020. The final plan is scheduled for adoption by the WMPO Board in October 2020.

  • Oct 16 2019

  • October TCC Meeting

    10:00am in the 1st Floor Annex Training Room located at 305 Chestnut Street in downtown Wilmington.

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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

Heide Trask Drawbridge Walkway (U-5534B)

The project consists of the construction of a public walkway/pier underneath the Heide Trask Drawbridge to provide for a safe crossing for cyclists and pedestrians across US 74 (Wrightsville Avenue) on the mainland side of the drawbridge in Wilmington. Anticipated completion is March 2019.

Middle Sound Loop Round Multi-Use Path (EB-5543)

This project will construct a multi-use path along Middle Sound Loop Road from Ogden Elementary School to Oyster Drive.

Kerr Avenue Widening: Phase I (U-3338B)

This project will widen North & South Kerr Avenue between Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway and Patrick Avenue. The widened roadway will include four travel lanes, bicycle lanes, a landscaped median and and sidewalks. The bicycle lanes and sidewalks will be funded by the City of Wilmington.