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Project Fast Facts
  • Status: Projects Under Development
  • County: Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Martin, Pasquotank, Perquimans
  • Type of Project: Widening
  • Start Date: 2015
  • Completion Date: Early 2018

Study Overview and Purpose

The N.C. Department of Transportation is conducting 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 will look 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.

A private engineering firm, AECOM, is gathering information for the study, which began in 2015 and is expected to be complete in early 2018. AECOM is examining forecasted traffic volumes, traffic flow, crash analysis and environmental impacts as they prepare conceptual designs for the proposed improvements.

Once the study is complete, NCDOT will determine if any segments of the study area should be funded and scheduled for development and/or construction.

Study Highlights

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.

Segment County Description Map
1 Martin Upgrade U.S. 17 through Williamston Segment 1 Map
1A Martin Build U.S. 17 on a new location east of the existing U.S. 17 Segment 1A Map
1B Martin 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 Bertie Upgrade U.S. 17 from the Lower Roanoke River Wetlands Wildlife Refuge to just north of Ward Road Segment 2 Map
3 Bertie 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 Bertie 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
4 Bertie Upgrade U.S. 17 Bypass from just south of N.C. 308 to just east of Wakelon Road Segment 4 Map
5 Bertie 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 Bertie 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 Chowan 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
7 Perquimans 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

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7A Perquimans
  • 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

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8 Pasquotank 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 Pasquotank 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 Camden Upgrade U.S. 17 from the bridge over the Dismal Swamp Canal to the Virginia state line Segment 10 Map
10A Camden
  • 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

Contact Information

Shane York
Feasibility Studies Engineer
(919) 707-4660
Send a message
1534 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1534

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.