Project Overview and Purpose
The N.C. Department of Transportation conducted a feasibility study to determine the impacts of upgrading U.S. 17 to an interstate (Future I-87) from U.S. 64 in Williamston, Martin County, to the Virginia state line – a corridor that runs through Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Martin, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties.
The study – which began in 2015 – looks at upgrading the existing U.S. 17 route as well as building U.S. 17 on a new location in some areas. Additionally, there is an alternate proposed route that provides a connection between Camden and Currituck County. It will tie to N.C. 168 near the Virginia state line.
U.S. 17 is critical to economic development in the northeastern region of North Carolina. It speeds delivery of agricultural products to the Port of Virginia in Norfolk, Va., local markets and serves the logistical needs of the military.
Draft Study Published
In December 2017, AECOM – a private engineering firm that gathered information for the study – released a draft of the U.S. 17 feasibility study.
The draft study 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 examined forecasted traffic volumes, traffic flow, crash analysis and environmental impacts as they prepare conceptual designs for the proposed improvements. The final draft of the study is expected to be complete in early 2018.
Once the final draft of the study is released, NCDOT will determine if any segments of the study area should be funded and scheduled for development and/or construction.
Because the U.S. 17 feasibility study spans approximately 80 miles in seven counties, the N.C. Department of Transportation has broken the study into various segments, as shown in the table below.
||Upgrade U.S. 17 through Williamston
||Segment 1 Map
||Build U.S. 17 on a new location east of the existing U.S. 17
||Segment 1A Map
||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
||Upgrade U.S. 17 from the Lower Roanoke River Wetlands Wildlife Refuge to just north of Ward Road
||Segment 2 Map
||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
||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
||Segment 3A Map
||Upgrade U.S. 17 Bypass from just south of N.C. 308 to just east of Wakelon Road
||Segment 4 Map
||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
||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
||Upgrade U.S. 17 from the bridge over the Chowan River to just north of N.C. 37 (Haughton Road) north of Edenton
||Segment 6 Map
||Upgrade U.S. 17 from just north of N.C. 37 (Haughton Road) to the U.S. 17 Bypass south of Elizabeth City in Pasquotank County
Segment 7 Map 1 of 5
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- Upgrade U.S. 17 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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||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
||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
||Upgrade U.S. 17 from the bridge over the Dismal Swamp Canal to the Virginia state line
||Segment 10 Map
- Upgrade U.S. 17 from the bridge over the Dismal Swamp Canal to McPherson Road/Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center
- Build future I-87 on a new location from McPherson Road in Camden County to N.C. 168 in Currituck County
|Segment 10A Map
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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.