Final Study Published
In December 2018, the final report of the U.S. 17 feasibility study was released.
The final report concluded the proposed project would require the acquisition of property along the existing roadway as well as in new locations where the proposed road alignment may diverge from the existing U.S. 17 alignment.
As an interstate, U.S. 17 would be accessible only through interchanges. While this would promote traffic flow, it would also impact residential and commercial establishments that currently directly connect to U.S. 17. The proposed project would also come into contact with wetlands in multiple areas along the study area.
AECOM - a private engineering firm that gathered information for the study - examined forecasted traffic volumes, level-of-service, traffic flow, crash analysis, right-of-way impacts, utility impacts, and environmental impacts as they prepared conceptual designs for the proposed improvements. Cost estimates were prepared for construction, utilities, and right of way for each segment and alternate.
NCDOT will now determine if any segments of the study area should be funded and scheduled for development and/or construction in the draft State Transportation Improvement Program, which will be adopted in the summer of 2019. Once a segment is funded, it will begin the National Environmental Policy Act process.
Because the U.S. 17 feasibility study spans approximately 80 miles in seven counties, NCDOT has broken the study into various segments, as shown in the table below.
|1||Upgrade U.S. 17 through Williamston ||Segment 1 Map|
|1A||Build U.S. 17 on a new location east of the existing U.S. 17 in Martin County||Segment 1A Map|
|1B||Build U.S. 17 on a new location east of the existing U.S. 17 in Martin County with a new bridge crossing the Roanoke River into Bertie County||Segment 1B Map|
|2||Upgrade U.S. 17 from the Lower Roanoke River Wetlands Wildlife Refuge to just north of Ward Road in Bertie County|||
Segment 2 Map
|3||Upgrade U.S. 17 from just north of Ward Road to just south of N.C. 308 on the U.S. 13/17 Bypass in Windsor||Segment 3 Map|
|3A||Relocate the U.S. 17 Bypass to a new location west of the existing U.S. 17 Bypass to a connection just south of N.C. 308 in Bertie County||Segment 3A Map|
|4||Upgrade U.S. 17 Bypass from just south of N.C. 308 to just east of Wakelon Road in Bertie County||Segment 4 Map|
|5||Upgrade U.S. 17 from the U.S. 17 Bypass just east of Wakelon Road to the bridge over the Chowan River||Segment 5 Map|
|5A||Upgrade U.S. 17 south of the existing U.S. 17 from just east of Wakelon Road to the bridge over the Chowan River||Segment 5A Map|
|6||Upgrade U.S. 17 from the bridge over the Chowan River to just north of N.C. 37 (Haughton Road) north of Edenton in Chowan County||Segment 6 Map|
|7||Upgrade U.S. 17 from just north of N.C. 37 (Haughton Road) to the U.S. 17 Bypass south of Elizabeth City in Perquimans County||Segment 7 Map 1 of 5|
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- Upgrade U.S. 17 in Perquimans County from just north of N.C. 37 (Haughton Road) to Wiggins Road in Winfall
- Build U.S. 17 on new location from Wiggins Road to the U.S. 17 Bypass south of Elizabeth City in Pasquotank County
|Segment 7A Map 1 of 3|
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|8||Upgrade the U.S. 17 Bypass in Elizabeth City from U.S. 17 to just south of U.S. 158 (North Road Street) north of Elizabeth City||Segment 8 Map|
|9||Upgrade U.S. 17 from just south of U.S. 158 (North Road Street) to the bridge over the Dismal Swamp Canal in Camden County||Segment 9 Map|
|10||Upgrade U.S. 17 in Camden County from the bridge over the Dismal Swamp Canal to the Virginia state line||Segment 10 Map|