After 17 years of planning and construction, the I-140/Wilmington Bypass is officially open.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on the road Friday with state senators and representatives in attendance. 

NC Department of Transportation officials said at that time the bypass opening was delayed by wet weather that slowed construction.

On Tuesday, the NCDOT Southern Coast Region sent a tweet announcing the road's opening.

The newest section of road connects US 74/76 near Leland up to the Highway 17/421 interchange near New Hanover County. Occasional lane closures are expected as crews wrap up work on the bypass in the next few months.

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