Project Map
15th Street Improvements
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Aug. 11, 2016 Public Meeting Presentation

Project Fast Facts
  • Status: Projects Under Development
  • County: Beaufort
  • Type of Project: Road Widening and Access Management
  • STIP Number: U-5860
  • Estimated Cost: $16.2 million
15th Street Improvements

Project Overview and Purpose

The N.C. Department of Transportation is planning a proposed project that would upgrade 1.8 miles of 15th Street in Washington – from west of U.S. 17 Business (Carolina Avenue) heading east to U.S. 264.

Improvements, which include a median and left-turn lanes, will increase safety and reduce congestion caused by vehicles waiting to turn left.

Project Highlights

Preliminary designs involve converting 15th Street in the project area to a four-lane roadway divided by a raised median that will allow for left turns at median breaks. U-turn movements for eastbound passenger vehicles would be provided at five locations:

  • Minuteman Lane
  • North Pierce Street
  • Market Street
  • Holloman Street
  • Brown Street

The proposed median would be grass, but the final treatment will be coordinated with the City of Washington.

One traffic signal is being relocated from Washington Street to North Pierce Street. Potential new signal locations will be evaluated as part of the project, and new signals could be added along the project corridor.

Public Involvement

NCDOT held a public meeting in Washington on Aug. 11, 2016, at which time NCDOT representatives received feedback from the community and answered questions about the proposed improvements.

The maps and other materials available at the public meeting are provided below for review:

Revised Preliminary Roadway Design Maps:

Public Meeting Materials:

The public can still give feedback and ask questions online or by calling Maria Rogerson, project engineer, at (252) 439-2830, or by mailing a comment form to:

Maria Rogerson
NCDOT Division 2
P.O. Box 1587
Greenville, NC 27835-1587

All comments – regardless of how they are submitted – will be reviewed by the NCDOT project team, which will explore options to incorporate and address concerns where and when feasible. NCDOT will continue to develop the project and present its progress at another open house public meeting in early 2017.

Project Timeline

Milestone Dates*
Begin right of way acquisition 2017
Begin utility relocation 2017
Begin construction 2019

* Future dates are preliminary and subject to change

Contact Information

Maria A. Rogerson, P.E.
NCDOT Division 2 Project Engineer
(252) 439-2830
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NCDOT Division 2
P.O. Box 1587
Greenville, NC 27835-1587

James Byrd, P.E.
Project Manager
HNTB North Carolina
(919) 424-0437
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343 E. Six Forks Road
Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27609

Resources for Local 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.