Raleigh - The N.C. Department of Transportation opened a new road to traffic in Washington County this week, which will better connect drivers seeking to access N.C. 64 and N.C. 17.
The 3.3-mile road, now known as the "N.C. 37 connector", is located south of the Albemarle Sound between Creswell and Roper, and links N.C. 17 to N.C. 64 via N.C. 32.
Work on the estimated $8.6 million project began in July of 2014 by Barnhill Construction Company.
"This project now provides a more direct connection to U.S. 17 for those seeking points north of the Albemarle Sound, and also helps motorists looking to more directly access N.C. 64," division one engineer Jerry Jennings said. "This new road will help improve travel times."
Projects such as this are underway across the state as part of Gov. Pat McCrory's 25-Year Transportation Vision to enhance travel safety and to better connect North Carolinians to jobs, education, healthcare and recreation opportunities.