Colington Road Safety Improvements
Project # R-5014
Type: Roadway safety improvements
Affected Counties: Dare
Estimated Cost: $13,325,000
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) plans to make operational and safety improvements to the entire 4.3-mile corridor of Colington Road, which stretches from the intersection of US 158 (Croatan Highway) in Kill Devil Hills, passes by the Wright Brothers Memorial, and ends at the tip of the island at Kitty Hawk Bay.
Upgrades include a bicycle and pedestrian path, wider lanes, additional turn lanes, and raising spots that are prone to flooding. The plan also calls for easing the curve near the Sandpiper Drive intersection.
The new right-of-way width will vary from 60 to 90 feet for the stretch of Colington Road running from Colington Drive to Baum Bay Drive. Lanes along this stretch will be widened to 11 feet with 10-foot shoulders.
Resurfacing only will take place from Baum Bay Drive to just 900 feet east of Veterans Drive because it is close to National Park Service land. Four-foot paved shoulders will be added along this portion. The Wright Brothers Memorial is excluded from right-of-way impacts due to its historical designation.
- The Outer Banks Voice: Colington Road improvements subject of open house Thursday
- Pilotonline.com: Busy Outer Banks road due for a facelift
- Right-of-way acquisition - 2017
- Start Construction - 2018
More than 130 parcels of land will be impacted by this project. Currently the NCDOT has set aside just $500,000 for right-of-way takings. However, the DOT had previously estimated the cost of right-of-way acquisition would be $4,825,000. If your property will be affected, contact one of our attorneys (two of whom previously worked on behalf of the NCDOT) for a free case evaluation.