Fast Facts Project # R-2507A
Type: Road widening
Affected Counties: Gates, Hertford
Estimated Cost: $56.8 million, funded
Construction Completion Date: December 2014
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) plans to widen approximately 7.1 miles of U.S. 13 / U.S. 158 to four lanes between Winton and Tar Heel near the Virginia border. The project will include directional crossovers, median U-turn bulb-outs, and the addition of a two-lane bridge over the Chowan River. The improved highway is being designed for 60 mph speeds and with an interchange for U.S. 13, U.S. 158 and NC 45.
The NCDOT says that the improvements will help reduce traffic congestion, improve travel time and improve safety.
This widening project is part of the North Carolina Strategic Highway Corridor Program, which includes plans to improve U.S. 158 from Winston-Salem to Kitty Hawk and U.S. 13 from Wilmington to Norfolk.
April 17, 2012: NCDOT applied for a permit for the new highway project from the Wilmington District, Corps of Engineers. Construction has not yet begun, but right-of-way acquisition is underway.
State Environmental Assessment (SEA): Completed
State Finding of No Significant Impact (SFONSI): Approved
NEPA/404 merger process: Complete
Right-of-Way Purchase: Began in February 2012
The NCDOT began contacting property owners in February of 2012 to begin right-of-way acquisition. The portion of the road that will be widened can be seen on the project maps above, but the number of businesses and residences to be affected is not listed. Previous news reports have indicated that as many as 38 residences could be affected.
The NCDOT has not advertised how much is budgeted for right-of-way acquisitions.