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The project logo U-6065: U.S. 17 / N.C. 172 Intersection Improvements

The project logo U-6065: U.S. 17 / N.C. 172 Intersection Improvements

Preliminary Engineering Activities for this project
have resumed.

The N.C. Department of Transportation proposes to improve the intersections of U.S. 17 / N.C. 172 and U.S. 17 / Old Folkstone Road. The purpose of the project is to improve traffic flow along U.S. 17 and address safety concerns. Based on traffic analyses of future year (2040) conditions, the intersections of U.S. 17 at N.C. 172 and Old Folkstone Road would exceed capacity during peak hours and operate poorly in their current condition.

Public Involvement

A public meeting was held on Monday, July 29, 2019 to present project maps and receive public input.



DATE    Monday, July 29, 2019

TIME     5-7 PM


Folkstone Original Free Will Baptist Church

133 Old Folkstone Road

Holly Ridge


Public Meeting Maps:

Alternative Map 1
Alternative Map 2


July 2019

Public Meeting

Winter 2019

Environmental Document

Fall 2020

Begin Right of Way Acquisition

Spring 2023

Begin Construction



RIght of Way                           $   600,000
Construction                           $3,400,000


Planning activities for this project are currently suspended.  The schedule will be updated when  project planning resumes.

Proposed Improvements

In order to address heavy directional traffic, proposed improvements include possibly converting U.S. 17 and N.C. 172 to a Continuous Green T-Intersection, implementing access control measures along U.S. 17 by redirecting left turns at the U.S. 17/Old Folkstone Road intersection, and adding a new connection between Old Folkstone Road and N.C. 172 (see Alternatives 1 & 2).

At the Continuous Green T-Intersection, the southbound thru-movement on the main arterial (U.S. 17) does not stop. As a result, stop and go delay associated with traffic signals for this particular movement are eliminated and more green time can be devoted to the other movements. These other movements will continue to use the traffic signal as normal and function the same as a typical T-intersection. Left turns from the side street (N.C. 172) will turn into a channelized lane in order to merge with the main thru-movement.

Benefits of a Continuous Green T-Intersection

  • Reduced Delay at Intersection: free flow thru-movement allows additional time to be allotted to minor movements and reduces overall delay.
  • Improved Safety: channelized left turns from side street reduce risk of angle crashes.
  • Reduced Travel Time: reduced delay along the main arterial by eliminating stop and go conditions and delay associated with traffic signals.

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The comment period for the concepts presented at the July 20, 2019 public meeting has closed.


NCDOT accepts comments and questions on projects throughout the planning and development process.

Any additional comments or questions may be submitted via:

phone or U.S. Mail to the Project Manager listed at the bottom of this page;

email to [email protected];

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

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

Project Contact Information

Krista Kimmel, PE


Project Engineer

5501 Barbados Blvd

Castle Hayne, NC 28429

[email protected]


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