US 17 Widening
NCDOT TIP # R-2511
Project Type:Road widening
Affected Counties: Beaufort, Martin
Estimated Cost: $ 78,002,000
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) plans to widen 10 miles of US 17 from two lanes to four. Widening will extend from north of NC 171 (Washington Bypass) in Beaufort County to south of Williamston in Martin County. A 46-foot-wide median will divide the new highway.
The NCDOT wants to make this stretch of US 17 a superstreet design – meaning it will eliminate left turns from side streets onto the main street, and instead, require vehicles that want to turn left to make a right turn and U-turn. The goal is to achieve a safer and more efficient traffic flow and limit the number of left turns at major intersections.
The purpose of widening the roadway is to help make this stretch of US 17, which is a major thoroughfare, less congested and safer for travelers.
- Washington Daily News: U.S. 17 project gaining support / Workshop to be held on widening portion of two-lane highway
- Right-of-way acquisition – 2019
- Start Construction – 2020
- End Construction – 2023
It is estimated that approximately 120 parcels of property will be impacted by this project. Currently the NCDOT has set aside $20,400,000 for right-of-way takings. 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.