Project Highlights

The current project grew out of a smaller safety project at U.S. 17/N.C. 172.  

In order to address heavy directional traffic, proposed improvements include converting U.S. 17 /N.C. 172 intersection to a Continuous Green T-intersection configuration, implement access control measures along U.S. 17 by redirecting left turns at the U.S. 17/Old Folkstone Road intersection, and adding a new connector roadway between Old Folkstone Road and N.C. 172. 

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 southbound movement is eliminated and more green time can be devoted to the other movements.  The 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.    

Two alternatives were shown to the public at the July 2019 Public Meeting.  Alternatives 1 and 2 include the continuous Green T-intersection improvements at U.S. 17/N.C. 172  and also include a connector roadway between Old Folkstone Road and N.C. 172.  They differ in the location of the tie-ins to both existing roadways.  

Public Involvement

A public meeting was held on Monday, July 29, 2019 at the Folkstone Original Baptist Church to present project maps and receive public input.

Public Meeting Maps and Handout from the July 29, 2019 meeting.


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                           $6,800,000
                                          Total Cost                                $7,400,000





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:

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

email to [email protected];  or by phone at 984-205-6615  project code 4802

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]

984-205-6611 project code: 4802

Charles R. Cox, PE

RS&H Engineers

Raleigh Office Leader/Project Manager

8521 Six Forks Road  Suite 400

Raleigh, NC  27615

[email protected]

984-205-6611 project code:  4802

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