WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - A ribbon cutting is scheduled for a new section of Interstate 140 in North Carolina, but it will be a bit longer before motorists can use it.

The StarNews of Wilmington reports the ceremony is scheduled for Friday on the new section of I-140 in Brunswick County, also known as the U.S. 17 Wilmington Bypass.

The N.C. Department of Transportation says while no date has been set for the opening, it expects to allow traffic on the new section later this month.

DOT division engineer Karen Collette said even when the bypass officially opens to traffic, work will likely continue into mid-2018. Collette said the contractor is ahead of schedule.

The bypass was initially divided into three sections, with the northern Brunswick County portion being the final piece.