P3 ‘still on table’ for Cape Fear

A P3 option could still be used to deliver the replacement Cape Fear Memorial Bridge in Wilmington, North Carolina, according to a local official.

Mike Kozlosky, the executive director of the Wilmington Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO), has told local news outlet WECT News that the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is undertaking a traffic and revenue study as it considers replacing the bridge.

An unsolicited proposal to deliver the project under a P3 model was rejected by the WMPO last year, but this August an update from NCDOT engineer Chad Kimes revealed to the WMPO that all but one of nine submissions to a request for information had proposed some form of P3 arrangement.

Now, Kozlosky has confirmed that a toll and/or P3 approach remain on the table as potential options to deliver the project.

Any effort to deliver such a project may struggle to get the necessary support from the WMPO, however, with members still concerned over how any toll structure might affect local residents and commuters.