Project Overview:

NCDOT, in cooperation with Marine Corps Air  Station (MCAS) New River is proposing to  upgrade the intersection of U.S. 17/Wilmington Highway and Douglass Road.  These improvements will improve traffic flow  and traffic safety at both MCAS New River Gates.

Proposed Improvements: 

  • Douglass Road widening for additional ingress lane

  • Installation of traffic signals


Additional improvements at this intersection may be made under NCDOT STIP project U-5735, that will make interchange and associated improvements at U.S. 17 (Wilmington Highway) and Old Maplehurst Road near the MCAS New River Main Gate.  

Project U-5735  is programmed in the currently adopted STIP for construction beginning in 2029.


Public Input:

Due to Covid 19, NCDOT has suspended in-person meetings.  Information will be provided to the public in a virtual format on this website. The public is encouraged to provide comments using this website or the project phone number or email.  Comments should be submitted by February 26, 2021.


Project Overview Video




Project Timeline:



 Environmental Document Completion
March 2021     
 Construction Begins
June 2021     




All comments will be taken into consideration, and carry equal weight, regardless of submittal method  

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Comments received via phone will be transcribed and presented to the project team daily)

NCDOT welcomes comments throughout all phases of project development, however to be included in the environmental documentation for this project they should be submitted by February 26, 2021.


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Project Contact Information:

Trace Howell, PE

Project Manager

NCDOT Division 3 

5501 Barbados Boulevard

Castle Hayne, NC  28429



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.  


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Right-of-Way Frequently Asked Questions