Proposed Widening of U.S. 17 from Antioch Road (S.R. 1433) to Spruill Town Road (S.R. 1438)
PROJECT OVERVIEW & PURPOSE
State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) Project Nos. R-2513A and R-3403B are adjacent widening projects and have similar right-of-way acquisition and construction dates. Project R-3403B widens U.S. 17 from Antioch Road (S.R. 1433) to N.C. 43 and Project R-2513A widens U.S. 17 from N.C. 43 to Spruill Town Road (S.R. 1438). U.S. 17 is the primary north-south transportation corridor in the Coastal Plains, connecting major economic development centers in Virginia and South Carolina with military operations, tourist destinations, and airports in eastern North Carolina. By widening U.S. 17 and partially controlling access, these projects increase mobility and safety, and encourage economic development along the corridor.
Projects R-2513A and R-3403B will widen U.S. 17 from two 12-foot lanes to four 12-foot lanes with a 30-foot grass median. These projects will tie into the recently widened section of U.S. 17 at Bridgeton, NC, and provide 9 miles of a continuous four-lane roadway to Spruill Town Road. The addition of a median will limit left turns into most driveways along the corridor. U-turn areas will be included to allow turn-around movements at various locations. Full movement, intersections are located along U.S. 17 at: N.C. 43, Ernul Brick Road, Askins Brick Road/Aurora Road, and Antioch Road/Realigned Territorial Road. A grade separation over the existing railroad (operated by Norfolk Southern), just north of Ernul Brick Road will also be included in this project.
U.S. 17 which follows a similar, but more scenic route when compared to I-95, runs from Virginia through South Carolina, continuing to Florida. U.S. 17 has been systematically widened with the sections of Projects R-2513A and R-3403B remaining. Project R-3403AA, from Mills Street in Bridgeton to North “C” Street and Project R-3403AB from North “C” Street to North of Antioch Road (S.R. 1433) have been completed. Project R-3403B will continue the U.S. 17 widening, from Antioch Road (S.R. 1433) to N.C. 43, while Project R-2513A will widen U.S. 17 from N.C. 43 to Spruill Town Road (S.R. 1438).
These projects are listed as Projects R-2513A and R-3403B in the N.C. Department of Transportation’s State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and are funded for $50.8 million combined. Project R-2514A is estimated to cost $ 14.6 million and Project R-3403B is estimated to cost $36.2 million. These estimated costs are subject to change.
Public Meeting July 2018
Environmental Document Approval August 2018
Right-of-way Acquisition Begins July 2019
Project Let July 2021
* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change.
The public is invited to attend the open house public meeting for these projects. Project information and current designs will be presented at the meeting and NCDOT representatives will be available to answer questions and receive comments.
When: Thursday, July 19, 2018
Times: 4 p.m. -7 p.m.
Location: Bridgeton Elementary School
230 Branch Canal Road
New Bern, NC 28560
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All comments and questions submitted via this website, mail, email, or phone will be reviewed by the project team and considered as the designs are developed. Please submitted commits no later than August 16, 2018.
NCDOT Division 2Project Manager
P.O. Box 1587
Greenville, NC 27835
Lauren Triebert (Project R-2513A)
VHB Engineering Project Manager
940 Main Campus Drive, Suite 500
Raleigh NC 27606
Todd Buckner (Project R-3403B)
Michael Baker Engineering Project Manager
8000 Regency Pkwy, Suite 600
Cary NC 27518
RESOURCES FOR PROPERTY OWNERS
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.