Waterfront Park - Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

The Waterfront Park is a Town of Calabash public facility within the study area of the project. For Federally-funded projects such as BR-0160, public parks and recreation facilities are afforded special protection under Section 4(f) of the USDOT Act (recodified in 49 U.S.C. § 303 and 23 U.S.C. § 138), and Section 6009(a) of SAFETEA-LU (23 CFR 774). Provisions in SAFETEA-LU allow that if a proposed transportation project is determined to not “adversely affect the activities, features, and attributes” of the resource protected under Section 4(f), then a de minimis finding can be made by FHWA to satisfy the requirements of Section 4(f), which is their intent for this project.

The project’s effect on Town of Calabash land and the Waterfront Park are based on preliminary engineering design (plan sheets attached). Preliminary designs indicate that NCDOT would require approximately 0.210 acres of right-of-way (ROW), 0.026 acres of public utility easement, and 0.092 acres of temporary construction easement (TCE) from Waterfront Park.  Although the project will require the use of land from the park, access will be maintained to Waterfront Park for users once construction is completed. In addition, the project will provide a 10-foot wide multi-use path along the west side of N.C. 179B (Beach Drive SW) that will connect to the Waterfront Park and provide additional access.


Download PDF of the 4(f) Property Impact Map

Project Comments

Due to Covid-19, NCDOT has suspended in-person meetings until further notice.

NCDOT accepts comments throughout all phases of project development.  
The public is encouraged to leave comments using this website, email, or phone number.


Email: CalabashRiver-Bridge@publicinput.com

Phone Number: 984-205-6615 enter project code 5446


Project Design

The proposed bridge will: 

  • Be approximately 576 feet long 

  • Provide two 12-foot lanes, one lane in each direction

  • Include a 4-foot paved shoulder on the northbound side of the roadway

  • Include a 10-foot wide multi-use path along the southbound side of the roadway, separated from the road by a 42 inch vertical concrete barrier


Detour Route

Construction is expected to have a minimal impact on the surrounding environment and will require an off-site detour during the 18 months of construction.​

The detour route, illustrated below, will follow Old Georgetown Road SW, Seaside Road SW, Sunset Boulevard and Beach Drive SW.

Project Timeline



Project Newsletter

November 2021

Environmental Document 

December 2021

Right-of -Way

January 2022


After Labor Day  2023

Construction VompletionSpring 2025

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Project Funding



Project Development & Design

$  4,3 million


$16.4 million


$20.7 million

Costs are preliminary and subject to change

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Project Contact

 Derek Pielech, PE

NCDOT Division 3

5501 Barbados Boulevard

Castle Hayne, NC 28429



984-205-6615  code 5446



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 Brochure Single Page Layout      Folleto del Proceso de Adquisición de Bienes Raíces
Right-of-Way Frequently Asked Questions

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