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The project logo R-4463A: N.C. 43 Connector from U.S. 17 Business (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard) to South of U.S. 70/U.S. 17

The project logo R-4463A: N.C. 43 Connector from U.S. 17 Business (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard) to South of U.S. 70/U.S. 17


NCDOT is proposing to construct the final phase of STIP Project No. R-4463.  This phase includes construction of N.C. 43 between U.S. 17 Business (Doctor M.L.K. Jr. Boulevard) and existing N.C. 43 south of U.S. 70/U.S. 17  in Craven County.  N.C. 43 will be constructed as a four-lane divided highway with a grass median.

Vicinity Map:



Interactive Vicinity Map:


* This map for general information only.  

The sudy area is a geographical area in which information on Human and Natural Environmental features are gathered during the preliminary planning process. 



This project has multiple goals including:

  • Alleviate existing and future congestion
  • Improve regional mobility
  • Improve reliability of the roadway network within the study area
  • Upgrade the corridor consistent with local government visions
  • Provide connectivity between local community and local destinations
  • Reduce congestion-related crashes

As the project progresses and the environmental document is prepared, a more refined project purpose and need statement will be developed.


 NCDOT's project development/planning process includes evaluation of :

  • Traffic
  • Cultural resources
  • Congestion
  • Natural resources 
  • Human environment 
  • Community resources
  • Roadway options
  • Other issues in the project study area

NCDOT is studying potential impacts to people in the communities, the natural environment, and other factors as part of the alternative development process, with the intent to minimize impacts whenever possible.



 Milestone       Estimated Amount*
  Project Development and Design  $          1,000,000 
  Property Acquisition$          2,000,000 
  Construction Costs$          9,000,000 
  Total Cost$        12.000.000 





 Open House Public Meeting

May 2018

 Right of Way Acquisition  

October 2019

 Project Let (Contract Award)

December 2024

 Begin ConstructionTBD
 Complete ConstructionTBD

* Future dates  and costs are subject to change 


The NCDOT project team will review all feedback – regardless of how it is submitted (online, phone, email, or letter) – and explore options to incorporate and address concerns where and when feasible.  NCDOT will continue to develop the project and present progress throughout the planning stage.


NCDOT held an open house public meeting on May 21, 2018.  



    Monday, May 21, 2018


    River Bend          

    Baptist Church

     Fellowship Hall

    5001 U.S. Highway 17  South

    New Bern


    4 p.m. - 7 p.m.


Public Meeting Materials

Public Meeting Map 1

Public Meeting Map 2

Public Meeting Access Point Alternative 1 Map

Public Meeting Access Point Alternative 2 Map

Public Meeting Access Point Alternative 3 Map

Public Meeting Access Point Alternative 4 Map

Public Meeting Handout (May 21, 2018)

Access Point Final Design Selected

Following the public meeting, the Department and design team evaluated all comments received from residents, developers and the City of New Bern. 

After considering all public comments, a Final Access Alternative was selected.  The selected alternative will provide a signalized full movement access to NC 43 at existing Savoy Drive. This alternative is based on the desire of the majority of local residents, the City of New Bern, and vision for future development.  

In addition, the center median width was reduced from 46 feet to 30-feet in order to minimize impact to the existing subdivisions.

Map of Final Access Alternative



Comments may be submitted via phone, email or U.S. Mail to either of the individuals listed below or at any meeting.




Hon Yeung

Project Engineer

NCDOT Highway Division 2

P.O. Box 1587

Greenville, NC  27835


[email protected]


Although the N.C. Department of Transportation works to minimize the number of homes and businesses displaced by a road project, it is inevitable, in many cases, that a certain amount of private property is needed. The following information explains right of way acquisition and answers questions about the process.  


Relocation Assistance Brochure                                                 Asistencia para Reubicación      
Right-of-Way Acquisition Process Brochure                             Folleto del Proceso de Adquisición de Bienes Raíces
Right-of-Way Frequently Asked Questions

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