U.S. 17 Corridor
Project # R-2514
Type: Road widening
Affected Counties: Jones, Onslow
Estimated Cost:$198.9 million
Construction Start Date: 2015
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) plans to improve a 16-mile portion of U.S. 17 between Deppe Loop Road (SR 1330)/Springhill Road (SR 1439) and the New Bern Bypass. This portion of road runs from south of Belgrade to south of New Bern.
Transportation officials plan to widen parts of the road to multiple lanes and to include bypasses of Belgrade, Maysville and Pollocksville on new locations. The finished highway will be a four-lane with a 46-foot-wide grassy median.
The project is part of the North Carolina Strategic Highway Corridor Program, and it is identified as a hurricane evacuation route. Transportation officials say the project will relieve traffic congestion and improve safety.
- Sun Journal: "Widening is expected to have a large economic impact"
- September 2012: Public hearings are held on proposed design and location of the route.
- June 2010: Preferred alternative is chosen for the Maysville Bypass portion of the corridor.
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- Right-of-way acquisitions: 2013
- Construction: To begin in 2015 and 2016 for different portions of the project
The NCDOT has not released information on its website about the number of properties that may be affected by the U.S. 17 Corridor. However, a newspaper article suggested that at least 46 homes may be affected, in addition to some farms.
Budget information on the NCDOT website indicates that at least $23.8 million has been budgeted for right-of-way acquisitions.
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