The Mallory Creek Connector
The Mallory Creek Connector will provide easier and safer transportation through town.
It seems odd that homeowners would be excited to see construction outside their homes. But at Mallory Creek Plantation, a relatively quiet hamlet off N.C. 133, they are ready for activity. After years of waiting, Mallory Creek Road will be extended to Rice Gate Way in Brunswick Forest.
The Mallory Creek Connector, as it is called, has been on the Town of Leland’s master plan for some time. The developer of Mallory Creek was originally obligated by town ordinances to continue the road as the subdivision around it was built, but when the recession hit most of the home building stopped, as did the construction of the road. Today Mallory Creek Road comes to a screeching dead end.
Until recently, the developer of Mallory Creek remained obligated to complete the road and landscape the area surrounding it as future phases of the subdivision got approved and built, but the Town of Leland decided it was time to move things along. The town agreed to contribute funding for construction, and the project started in October 2016. The Connector is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2017.
“The town is sharing the costs with the developer of Mallory Creek to accelerate the completion of this road because it is so important to the town,” says Town of Leland Economic and Community Development Director Gary Vidmar. “We put money in the pot to get it all done now.”
The Connector is integral to Leland’s development and safety. Most importantly, it will create easier access for medical and emergency response teams. Without the need to drive down N.C. 133 to U.S. 17, response times could be sliced by minutes, possibly a difference between life and death. A bonus is that it has the potential to keep insurance costs lower for residents in affected areas.
In addition, retailers in Brunswick Forest will benefit from easier access to their storefronts.
“We’re excited to be able to ride our bikes to restaurants at Brunswick Forest,” says Lindsay Griffith, a Mallory Creek resident and mom to two. “We’re also thrilled we will not have to go down 133 to get to the grocery stores on that side of town.”
Residents like the Griffiths will able to bike and walk safely as the developer is installing a paved, 8-foot-wide multi-use asphalt path along the entire length of the Connector. The developer also will install street lights along the way.
On the other side of the Connector, Brunswick Forest residents will have easier access to N.C. 133 and Southport. Unfortunately, residents on Rice Gate Way will see a significant change to their road. They will no longer live on a dead-end street, which is stubbed out for a future connection.
Many have concerns about speed control on the new longer road. The Town of Leland is not installing speed bumps or stop signs, but there will be a roundabout. This traffic pattern was selected in an effort to future-proof the road. Eventually, roads will be placed perpendicular to Mallory Creek Road and will connect at the roundabout. In the meantime, the speed limit will not be increased and a patrolled zone is to be expected.
Jerry Helms, director of sales at Brunswick Forest, says that the Brunswick Forest community fully supports anything that makes connection with the Town of Leland easier. “We know this will be good for businesses in Brunswick Forest, plus anything that helps the town progress and grow is good for everyone,” he says.
The Mallory Creek Connector is just another step to a more connected Leland.