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The project logo W-5703H: U.S. 17 and Hickman Road NW Intersection Improvements

The project logo W-5703H: U.S. 17 and Hickman Road NW Intersection Improvements

The N.C. Department of Transportation has begun studies of safety and operational improvements at the intersection of U.S. 17 at Hickman Road NW and on U.S. 17 at South Middleton Drive NW (the entrance to the Brunswick Plantation & Golf Resort) in Brunswick County. This project includes a Reduced Conflict Intersection (RCI) to improve safety and traffic operations. The RCI adds U-turn movements and median crossovers at intersections, which will eliminate through-movements from side streets, minimize the number of vehicular conflict points, and reduce the potential for angle and rear-end crashes. The total length of the study corridor along U.S. 17 is about 3,400 feet. During the construction period, traffic will be maintained along existing roadways and no off-site detours will be required. However, there may be short-term temporary traffic delays around the project area during construction.

Project Funding

This project is listed as Project W-5703H in the N.C. Department of Transportation’s State Transportation Improvement Program and is funded for $4.15 million in construction costs.

Project Timeline


Project Needs

U.S. 17 is a 4-lane, divided highway with stop-sign-controlled median breaks at Hickman Road NW and at S. Middleton Drive NW (the entrance to the Brunswick Plantation & Golf Resort), and a U-turn median break south of Hickman Road NW. Currently, Hickman Road NW and S. Middleton Drive NW have provisions to make left turns and right turns onto U.S. 17. There is a posted speed limit of 55 mph on U.S. 17 and Hickman Road NW.
Twenty-seven crashes were reported at the intersection of U.S. 17 and Hickman Road NW during the five-year period from 2012 to 2017. There were no fatal crashes recorded at this intersection. Most crashes (52%) were injury crashes and the remaining (48%) were property-damage-only crashes. The most common crashes were angle crashes (67% of all crashes), followed by rear-end crashes at 18%. Daytime crashes accounted for 85% of all crashes and most crashes (89%) occurred during dry pavement conditions.

Comment Form


Would you like to be added to the project mail or email list?
Do you drive this portion of U.S. 17? If so, please tell us about traffic patterns and what you have experienced.
Closed for Comments
What are the features or resources in the study area that are important to you?
Closed for Comments
Do you have any suggestions for improving the project?
Closed for Comments
Do you have any additional comments or questions?
Closed for Comments


Any additional comments may be submitted via:

  • phone or U.S. Mail to the Project Managers listed at the bottom of this page;
  • email to [email protected];
  • or at any meeting

All comments received carry equal weight, regardless of submission method. 

All comments will be reviewed and suggestions/recommendations incorporated into designs where feasible. 

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.

Right-of-Way Frequently Asked Questions

Project Contact Information

Michael Bass

NCDOT Project Manager

Highway Division 3

5501 Barbados Boulevard

Castle Hayne, NC 28429


Scott D. Belvins, P.E.

Consultant Project Manager


900 Ridgefield Drive, Suite 350

Raleigh, NC 27609