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
  • MPO Board Meeting 6/30

    At the MPO Board’s June 30th meeting, NCDOT gave a presentation regarding an unsolicited proposal it received for a potential public-private partnership to replace the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. Click here to listen to an audio recording of the meeting


    The public engagement website for the Pender County Streets Plan 2021 is still live! The website, which includes an overview of the project and plan development process as well as draft recommendations for review and comment, can be accessed here.

    The plan, which is an update to the 2016 Collector Street Plan, will include requirements for new development to construct roadways meeting specific design criteria at key intervals in the southern and eastern portions of Pender County in addition to providing policy recommendations for future County action.

    Public input is a key part of the update process and members of the public who are concerned about transportation infrastructure in southeastern Pender County are strongly encouraged to respond. The website will be available through Monday, June 21st.

  • Special Call for Projects

    The WMPO is pleased to announce a special call for projects for Coronavirus Response and Recovery Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) 2021 funds. This funding is provided by the WMPO through NCDOT and there is no local match requirement.

    The total amount of funding available is $1,333,040. Please note that these funds will be allocated as a one-time award and must be spent before September 30, 2024.

    Eligible projects submitted for consideration will need to follow NCDOT’s design standards and guidelines. The CRRSAA submittal guidelines and funding request submittal form can be accessed here. The deadline for submittals is August 9, 2021.

  • 2021 MPO Board Meetings

    For meeting dates, agendas and minutes, click here.

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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.

View The Map

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.