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The Carolina Bays Parkway extension project involves the development of a new multi-lane limited access facility. In South Carolina, this facility would extend the Carolina Bays Parkway from S.C. 9 north, approximately 5 miles, to a terminus at the South Carolina-North Carolina state line.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation, in coordination with the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), developed the feasibility study to extend the multi-lane facility from the state line approximately 5 miles northeasterly to U.S. 17 in Brunswick County, N.C.

The development of this new facility would provide a more direct and efficient movement of north-south traffic seeking to bypass congestion within the Calabash, Little River and Grand Strand areas and would be the integral part of the proposed Interstate 74, where it would extend into South Carolina from North Carolina. Development of this project would also improve traffic flow and safety at the S.C.-9/S-57 Intersection and provide a more direct route for coastal truck traffic moving through North Carolina.

The purpose of the feasibility study was to examine the area for potential opportunities, impacts and challenges, receive public input and develop cost estimates for the project.

Recommendations from the study are only conceptual in nature – not the product of extensive environmental or design studies – and are subject to change without notice. At this time, there is no funding for additional phases of the project.

Project Development

Initial efforts by NCDOT and the SCDOT were made to establish preliminary coordination with permitting and resource agencies to ensure ample consideration of the project's potential impact on cultural and natural resources within the area. Input from these agencies was considered and incorporated during the development of this project.

Prior to conducting public information meetings in both states, the current study had identified six alternative corridors. Based upon input gathered during the first North Carolina public information in February 2004, NCDOT decided to expand the study area and examine two additional corridors, while also consolidating two similar corridors.

Study Report

The Carolina Bays Parkway Extension Feasibility Study Report is a comprehensive document, which encompasses the activities, evaluations, comments, and recommendations developed for the study.

Community Involvement

An initial set of public information workshops were held in February 2004 to introduce the project, obtain feedback and answer questions. A workshop was held in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Feb. 12, 2004, and the other in Ash, N.C., on Feb. 24, 2004.

Representatives from NCDOT, SCDOT and the consultants working on the study were there to discuss the project at both workshops. Input received was generally positive, as both the public and local officials are in favor of an extension of the Carolina Bays Parkway into North Carolina. A desire was also voiced at the workshop in North Carolina to expand the study area and examine additional corridor alternatives. As a result of this input, NCDOT expand the study area and examined two additional corridors, while also consolidating two of the original alternatives.

A second public information workshop was held on Oct. 11, 2005 in Ash, N.C., to solicit input on the revised set of six alternatives, which included two new corridors developed as a result of the initial workshops.

Contact Information

Derrick Lewis, P.E.

  • Phone: (919) 715-5572
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  • Address: Feasibility Studies Unit,
    1534 Mail Service Center
    Raleigh, NC 27699-1534

Resources for Local Property Owners

In many cases, it is inevitable that a certain amount of private property must be acquired. The displacement of homes and businesses is minimized to the extent practicable. The following brochures will answer questions about this process.