US 17 Widening from NC 43 to Spruill Town Road (SR 1438) – # R-2513A


NCDOT Project #: R-2513 A
Type: Road widening
Project Length: 1.9 miles (15.2 miles for all of #R-2513 A+B+C+D+E)
Affected Counties: Craven
Condemning Authority: NCDOT
Estimated Affected Parcels: 75+
Estimated Cost: $23,350,000
Right-of-Way Funds: $3,288,000


This section of US 17 is a vital transportation corridor that connects New Bern in Craven County to Beaufort County. This project is one of many with the purpose to improve mobility and connectivity of statewide transportation operations along the US 17 corridor, which is currently a two-lane major thoroughfare with 12-foot lanes.

Proposed project #R-2513A will widen US 17 to four 12-foot lanes divided by a 30-foot grass median from NC 43 to Spruill Town Road (SR 1438) in Craven County – approximately 1.9 miles. The addition of the median will limit left turns into most driveways along the roadway, and U-turns will be included to allow turn-around movements at various locations. A full movement intersection is planned at NC 43.

The NCDOT claims that widening US 17 and partially controlling access will increase mobility and safety and encourage economic development along the corridor.

Business and Home Owners Concerns

While widening US 17 in Craven County may improve mobility and safety along the corridor, property owners on the planned route should be aware of the changes being made and how their residential properties and commercial property may be affected by the process, construction, and resulting traffic patterns. Just compensation for highway construction takings should be provided, but you may have to fight for it.

There also may be easements issues, which can be very tricky from a property rights standpoint. Does the government want a permanent easement or a temporary easement? What is the long-term plan? We can help you understand the possible impact to your property.

As usual, property owners stand to lose some or all of their property when the government decides it’s needed for the public good. The NCDOT will make an offer, but it’s important to remember that the offer may be low. Like any other buyer, the NCDOT wants to buy as affordably as possible and may not include full just compensation in the initial offer. We can help you fight to try to obtain fair compensation!

Your property may be significantly affected by these changes. Contact us if your property will be impacted by this US 17 road widening project, and we can discuss your circumstances.

Project Maps

Project Maps from July 19, 2018  Public Input Meeting:
R-2513 Map 1

R-2513 Map 2


Estimated Project Schedule

  • Right-of-Way Acquisitions (Funded) – FY2026 – FY2029
  • Utilities – FY2026– FY2027
  • Construction (Funded)– FY2028-FY2029

Affected Properties

It is estimated that this project will impact more than 75 properties. The NCDOT has estimated funded right-of-way takings of $3,288,000 to take place in FY2026-FY2029. The NCDOT forecasts future years of unfunded right-of-way takings in the amount of $1,892,000 for R-2513A.

If you are one of the property owners whose home, property, or business will be affected by this project, we urge you to take action now. Contact one of our attorneys (four of whom previously worked on behalf of the NCDOT) for a free case evaluation.

We want to help you fight for the most compensation you may deserve.

Since we started fighting for our clients, we’ve increased their initial offers by 197% on average!1


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evaluation today.

There are only a handful of attorneys in NC who practice eminent domain exclusively, and even fewer with NCDOT experience. We have several. That’s why its worth getting in touch with us for a free case evaluation.

Here’s how it works:

1) Tell us about your situation.

2) We research your property as needed, using DOT maps, our own technology, and experience to see the exact effects.

3) We let you know what we think a fair offer would be. This evaluation is free, and there’s no
pressure or obligation to hire us after.

But please don’t wait to act. Waiting can hurt your case, and the cost is the same: free.

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