The N.C. Department of Transportation is planning to upgrade about 24 miles of the U.S. 117 corridor to interstate standards between Interstate 40 in Sampson County and Interstate 795 in Wayne County. The project also includes a portion of Duplin County. Part of the upgrade may involve building new sections of roadway. The existing corridor includes N.C. 403, U.S. 117 Connector, U.S. 117, U.S. 13 and N.C. 581.
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Draft Project Purpose and Need
The primary purpose of the proposed project is to enhance north-south mobility in the region by completing the I-795 freeway connection between I-40 and I-95. The freeway connection would provide a high-speed roadway with full control of access within the U.S. 117 Corridor.
Additional benefits of the project include a reduced potential for crashes due to the elimination of driveways, intersections and at-grade railroad crossings; and fulfilling the Strategic Transportation Corridor vision.