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Public weighs in ahead of planned Highway 17 improvements

MARTIN COUNTY, NC (WITN) The passageway for 10,000 daily drivers, the two-lane Highway 17 between NC 171 and Williamston, will soon be getting a roughly $70 million upgrade.

Thursday in Williamston that Department of Transportation project was the subject of an open public comment meeting, as the DOT prepares to expand the existing road to four-lanes to help alleviate congestion and improve traffic in the area.

“This has kind of become a bottleneck so to speak,” said Jerry Jennings, the DOT’s Division Engineer overseeing the project. “There has been an effort to improve Highway 17 to multi-lanes throughout the state and this is one of the remaining segments that has not been improved.”

Despite the road’s location in a largely rural area, the route is heavily used by tourists heading to the beach, as well as military traffic and industrial and commercial shipping.

Along the current planned construction route, several small cemeteries could be impacted by the expansion, a concern for many area locals, though the DOT said they will do everything they can to minimize impacts.

“With the current design we will slightly impact those cemeteries, but again we are receiving feedback tonight, we’ve heard concerns, so we’ll take that back following this meeting to reduce and to minimize those impacts,” Jennings said in response to the concerns.

The current timeline from the DOT would have right-of-way acquisitions beginning in December of this year, with the actual construction on the roadway starting in June of 2020.

The entire construction phase should take roughly two years to complete, though DOT officials said that timeline has not been finalized and could change.

This project is just one of the 25 strategic highway corridors that have been planned along Highway 17 in North Carolina.

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Contract Awarded for U.S. 17 Business Improvements in Perquimans County

Hertford’s 90-year-old “S-Bridge” to be replaced

February 2, 2018 | RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a $57 million contract to replace the Perquimans River Bridge in Hertford and make safety improvements on a stretch of U.S. Highway 17 Business between Hertford and Winfall.

The contract, awarded to a design-build team led by McLean Contracting Company of Glen Burnie, MD, calls for a new swing-span bridge to replace the “S Bridge” on U.S. 17 Business/Church Street. The current bridge is nearly 90 years old and is nearing the end of its useful lifespan.

“Hertford’s S-Bridge is beautiful and iconic, but it needs to be replaced,” said NCDOT Division One Engineer Jerry Jennings. “We feel the design of the replacement will be a vast improvement in safety while also keeping Hertford’s historic charm intact.”

The design and alignment of the new bridge has received support from the towns of Hertford and Winfall, as well as from Perquimans County.

The contract also calls for improvements to the causeway from the north end of the bridge to the intersection of U.S. 17 Business and N.C. Highway 37 in Winfall. The total distance of the project is approximately 0.7 miles.

NCDOT will work with the contractor this spring to finalize the project’s design, procure the necessary permits and begin right-of-way acquisition. Construction on the project is slated to begin in summer 2019.

For more information, please contact Tim Hass (tdhass@ncdot.gov or (252) 423-5109)

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Status Report for US 17 Corridor

US 17 Project Delivery Summary

  • Current Constuction: $347 million
  • Right of Way Projects to be delivered (2018 – 2022):  $58.3 million
  • Right of Way Projects to be delivered (2023 – 2027):  $40.9 million
  • Construction Projects to be delivered (2018 – 2022):   $134.3 million
  • Construction Projects to be delivered (2023 – 2027):   $109.6 million
  • Total Value of Projects in DRAFT 2018-2027 STIP:    $343.1 million

US 17 Status Report: May 2017

US 17 Carolina Bays Parkway (R-3436)

  • Not Deliverable / Not Listed in Current STIP
  • Total cost: up to $397.8 million (NC and SC sources)
  • Unfunded: $397.8 million

Scope: Construct a freeway on new location extending SC 31 from SC 9 in Horry County, South Carolina to US 17 in Brunswick County, North Carolina near where US 17 intersects NC 904.

  • Begin Project Development Studies ($1.2 million in economic development funds, managed jointly with SCDOT)
  • Draft Environmental Impact Statement – 2020
  • Final Environmental Impact Statement – January 2022
  • Record of Decision – August 2022
  • R/W Acquisition – Unfunded (TBD)
  • Construction – Unfunded (TBD)

Action Items Recently Accomplished:

  • Public meeting held in town of Carolina Shores on March 28 to explain project process.
  • Local officials meeting held February 7.

Action Items Planned:

  • External project scoping meetings to be held in spring 2017.
  • Approval by US Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District, on consultant selected by NCDOT and SCDOT.

Project Manager: Kim Gillespie, P.E. (919) 707-6023, klgillespie@ncdot.gov

US 17 Shallotte Bypass – Convert to Interchange at Smith Ave. (U-5862)

  • Deliverable
  • Total cost: $8.13 million (NC Highway Trust Fund)  Regional Tier
  • Unfunded: $0
  • Categorical Exclusion – February 2019
  • R/W Acquisition – 2020 ($1.38 million)
  • Construction – 2021 ($5.75 million)

Action Items Recently Accomplished:

  • Consultant completed the final traffic capacity analysis.

Action Items Planned:

  • Consultant working on design alternatives.

Project Manager: Katie Hite, P.E. (910) 341-2000, kehite@ncdot.gov

US 17 – Convert Intersection to Interchange at NC 211 (U-5932)

  • Not Deliverable
  • Total cost: $42.4 million (NC Highway Trust Fund) Statewide Tier
  • Unfunded: $0
  • Design-Build Project
  • R/W Acquisition – 2024 ($20 million)
  • Utilities – 2020 ($2.4 million)
  • Construction – 2026 ($20 million)

Action Items Recently Accomplished:

Action Items Planned:

Project Manager: Katie Hite, P.E. (910) 341-2000, kehite@ncdot.gov

US 17 Business – Wall St. / Shallotte Ave. Intersections (U-5788)

  • Not Deliverable
  • Total cost: $2.01 million (NC Highway Trust Fund) Division Tier
  • Unfunded: $0
  • R/W Acquisition – 2018 ($.785 million)
  • Construction – 2020 ($.475 million)

Action Items Recently Accomplished:

Action Items Planned:

Project Manager: Katie Hite, P.E. (910) 341-2000, kehite@ncdot.gov

US 17 Wilmington Bypass (R-2633 A/B)

  • Underway
  • Total cost: $645.9 million (National Highway Program / NC Loop)
  • Unfunded: $0
  • Final Environmental Impact Statement – April 2007
  • Record of Decision – October 2007
  • Design Public Hearing – January 2008

R/W Acquisition:

  • Segment A – Complete
  • Segment B – Complete

Construction:

  • Segment A – Complete (Opened to traffic October 2014)
  • Segment BA – Completion May 2018 ($79.7 million)
  • Segment BB – Completion June 2018 ($124.4 million)

Action Items Recently Accomplished:

  • Segment BA – Project is 71% complete.
  • Segment BB – Project is 85% complete (5% ahead of schedule).

Project Manager: Daniel G. Waugh (910) 251-2691, dgwaugh@ncdot.gov

US 17-74-76 / NC 133 Widening (R-3601)

  • Underway
  • Total cost: $55.5 million (National Highway System)
  • Unfunded: $0
  • Categorical Exclusion – September 2010
  • Categorical Exclusion Addendum – August 2011
  • R/W Acquisition – Complete
  • Construction – Completed early 2017 and opened to traffic

US 17 Business Market Street Access Management, Wilmington (U-4902)

  • Deliverable
  • Total cost: $54.65 million (NC Highway Trust Fund) Statewide and Regional
  • Unfunded: $0
  • Design for Medians and Superstreet underway, where feasible.

R/W / Utilities:

  • Segment A – Complete
  • Segment B – 2018 ($500,000)
  • Segment C – 2017 ($8.64 million)
  • Segment D – 2017 ($3.6 million)

Construction:

  • Segment A – Complete
  • Segment B – 2020 ($3.4 million)
  • Segment C – 2019 ($21.65 million)
  • Segment D – 2019 ($12 million)

Action Items Recently Accomplished:

  • Consultant completed revised traffic forecast and analysis for U-4902 B.
  • Recently held Final design Field Inspection (FDFI) for U-4902 C/D.

Action Items Planned:

  • Consultant working on preliminary plans for U-4902 B.
  • Right of Way acquisition in process for U-4902 C/D.

Project Manager: Katie Hite, P.E., (910) 341-2000, kehite@ncdot.gov

US 17 Business Market Street – New Center Dr. Intersection (U-5948)

  • Not Deliverable
  • Total cost: $688,000 (National Highway Program) Regional Tier
  • Unfunded: $0
  • Right of Way / Utilities – 2023 ($200,000)
  • Construction – 2025 ($468,000)

Action Items Recently Accomplished:

Action Items Planned:

Project Manager: Katie Hite, P.E. (910) 341-2000, kehite@ncdot.gov

US 17 Hampstead Bypass (R-3300)

  • Deliverable for B
  • Total cost: $296.8 million (NC Highway Trust Fund) Regional Tier
  • Unfunded: $149.68 million
  • Federal Draft Environmental Impact Statement – July 2011
  • Federal Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement – October 2013
  • Federal Final Environmental Impact Statement – July 2014
  • State Record of Decision – September 2014

Right of Way / Utilities:

  • Segment A – Unfunded ($33.56 million)
  • Segment B – 2018 ($29.316 million)

Construction:

  • Segment A – Unfunded ($116.12 million)
  • Segment B – 2021 ($104.98 million)

Action Items Recently Accomplished:

  • US Fish & Wildlife Service offered its biological opinion regarding endangered species impacts in July 2016. The Service concluded that the proposed bypass will not jeopardize the continued existence of the red cockaded woodpecker.
  • Division 3 has hired a consultant to prepare right of way plans for R-3300 B.

Action Items Planned:

  • Design Public hearing will be held prior to right of way acquisition for R-3300 B. NCDOT will seek comments on the design of the entire project before the end of the year.

Project Manager: Kim Gillespie, P.E. (919) 707-6023 klgillespie@ncdot.gov

US 17 Business Hampstead – Convert to Superstreet (U-5732)

  • Deliverable
  • Total cost: $18.843 million (NC Highway Trust Fund) Regional Tier
  • Unfunded: $0
  • Right of Way / Utilities – 2018 ($4.724 million)
  • Construction – 2021 ($14.119 million)

Action Items Recently Accomplished:

  • Concept plans approved.

Action Items Planned:

  • Consultant working on preliminary plans.

Project Manager: Katie Hite, P.E. (910) 341-2000, kehite@ncdot.gov

US 17 Wilmington Highway – MCAS New River Interchange (U-5735)

  • Deliverable
  • Total cost: $26.42 million (National Highway Program) Regional Tier
  • Unfunded: $0
  • Planning / Environmental Studies underway (begun 2015)
  • Categorical Exclusion Document Completion – 2018
  • R/W Acquisition – 2019 ($4.62 million)
  • Construction – 2020 ($21.2 million)

Action Items Recently Accomplished:

  • Project scoping meeting held February 2017.

Action Items Planned:

  • NA

Project Manager: Katie Hite, P.E. (910) 341-2000, kehite@ncdot.gov

US 17 Jacksonville Bypass to Drummer Kellum Road (U-4007)

  • Deliverable for E
  • Total cost: $203.37 million (NHP & NCHTF) Statewide Tier for E
  • Unfunded: $110.02 million
  • Environmental Assessment – October 2006
  • Finding of No Significant Impact – February 2008

R/W Acquisition:

  • Segment C – Unfunded ($34.78 million)
  • Segment D – Unfunded ($32.35 million)
  • Segment E – 2018 ($270,000)

Construction:

  • Segment A – Completed December 2013
  • Segment B – Completed April 2014
  • Segment C – Unfunded ($26.3 million)
  • Segment D – Unfunded ($16.6 million)
  • Segment E – 2019 ($1.13 million)

Project Manager (Segment E): Gary Lovering, P.E. (919) 707-6271, glovering@ncdot.gov

US 17 Jacksonville Parkway Extension (U-5791)

  • Not Deliverable
  • Total cost: $80.659 million (NC Highway Trust Fund) Division Tier
  • Unfunded: $33.8 million
  • State Environmental Assessment – October 2019
  • State Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) – November 2021
  • Utilities – 2023 ($1.32 million)
  • R/W Acquisition – Beginning 2023 ($10.99 million)
  • Construction – Partially funded beginning 2026 ($33.8 million)
  • Construction – Unfunded ($33.8 million)

Action Items Recently Accomplished:

  • Scoping, data gathering activities underway.

Action Items Planned:

  • Scoping meeting planned for spring 2017.

Project Manager: Katie Hite, P.E. (910) 341-2000, kehite@ncdot.gov

US 17 Business Marine Blvd. – Bell Fork Rd. Intersection (U-5728)

  • Deliverable
  • Total cost: $2.156 million (NC Highway Trust Fund) Regional Tier
  • Unfunded: $0
  • R/W Acquisition – 2018 ($90,000)
  • Construction – 2020 ($1.95 million)

Action Items Recently Accomplished:

Action Items Planned:

Project Manager: Katie Hite, P.E. (910) 341-2000, kehite@ncdot.gov

US 17 Business Marine Blvd. – Henderson Dr. Intersection (U-5950)

  • Not Deliverable
  • Total cost: $500,000 (NC Highway Trust Fund) Regional Tier
  • Unfunded: $0
  • R/W Acquisition – 2023 ($200,000)
  • Construction – 2025 ($300,000)

Action Items Recently Accomplished:

Action Items Planned:

Project Manager: Katie Hite, P.E. (910) 341-2000, kehite@ncdot.gov

US 17 Business Marine Blvd. – Convert to Partial Interchange (U-5951)

  • Not Deliverable
  • Total cost: $17 million (National Highway Program) Regional Tier
  • Unfunded: $0
  • Right of Way / Utilities – 2024 ($6 million)
  • Construction – 2026 ($11 million)

Action Items Recently Accomplished:

Action Items Planned:

Project Manager: Katie Hite, P.E. (910) 341-2000, kehite@ncdot.gov

US 17 Onslow Co. – Replace Bridge over Wolf Swamp (B-5652)

  • Not Deliverable
  • Total cost: $1.45 million (Highway Fund Bridge Program)
  • Unfunded: $0
  • R/W Acquisition – 2023 ($125,000)
  • Construction – 2024 ($1.275 million)

Action Items Recently Accomplished:

Action Items Planned:

Project Manager: Katie Hite, P.E. (910) 341-2000, kehite@ncdot.gov

US 17 Belgrade to New Bern Bypass (R-2514 B, C & D)

  • Underway
  • Total cost: $229.645 million (NC Highway Trust Fund)
  • Unfunded: $0
  • State draft Environmental Impact Statement – Approved August 31, 2004
  • Corridor public hearing – August 16, 2005
  • State Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) – June 23, 2011
  • Record of Decision – Approved June 25, 2012
  • Project Let – June 2015

R/W Acquisition:

  • Segment B – Complete
  • Segment C – Complete
  • Segment D – Complete.

Construction:    

  • Segment B – 2017 and 2018 ($10.175 million per year).
  • Segment C – Construction underway, money expended.
  • Segment D – 2017 ($25.034 million).

Action Items Recently Accomplished:

  • Construction is 39% completed (9% ahead of schedule).

Project Manager: Brad McMannen, P.E. (252) 514-4759 bmcmannen@ncdot.gov

US 17 New Bern Bypass (R-2301 B)

  • Not Deliverable
  • Total cost: $161.8 million (NC Highway Trust Fund)
  • Unfunded: $161.8 million
  • Record of Decision approved – June 2001
  • R/W Acquisition – Unfunded ($15.8 million)
  • Construction – Unfunded ($146 million)

Project Manager: Bob Deaton (919) 707-6017, rdeaton@ncdot.gov

US 17 from SR 1438 to Washington Bypass (R-2513)

  • Deliverable for A
  • Total cost: $72.8 million (NC Highway Trust Fund) Division Tier
  • Unfunded: $57.8 million
  • Environmental Screening Report prepared by PDEA staff April 4, 2005.
  • Project Costs updated by Feasibility Studies Unit – March 2010.
  • Right of Way / Utilities:   Segment A – 2019 ($5.2 million)
  • R/W Acquisition:   Rest of Project Unfunded ($9.8 million)
  • Construction:   Segment A – 2021 ($9.5 million)
  • Construction:   Rest of Project Unfunded ($48 million)

Project Manager: Bill Kincannon, P.E. (252) 439-2800, wckincannon@ncdot.gov

US 17 from Mills Street, Bridgeton to NC 43 (R-3403 B)

  • Not Deliverable
  • Total cost: $36.2 million (NC Highway Trust Fund) Regional Tier
  • Unfunded: $0
  • Environmental Assessment approved – June 3, 2002.
  • Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) approved – January 2005
  • Addendum to FONSI approved – July 2005.
  • Segment A Opened to Traffic – August 2012
  • Utilities – 2023 ($900,000)
  • R/W Acquisition – 2023 ($6.8 million)
  • Construction – 2025 ($28.5 million)

Project Manager: Bill Kincannon, P.E. (252) 439-2800, wckincannon@ncdot.gov

US 17 from Washington Bypass to Williamston (R-2511)

  • Deliverable
  • Total cost: $72.1 million (NC Highway Trust Fund) Division Tier
  • Unfunded: $0
  • State Environmental Assessment approved – May 2013
  • Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) – October 2014
  • Utilities – 2020 ($4.4 million)
  • R/W Acquisition – 2020 ($16 million)
  • Construction – 2022 ($51.7 million)

Project Manager: John Abel. (252) 482-1851, jabel@ncdot.gov

US 17 Beaufort Co. – Replace Bridge over Norfolk Southern RR (B-5302)

  • Deliverable
  • Total cost: $6.998 million (Highway Fund Bridge Program)
  • Unfunded: $0
  • Right of Way / Utilities – 2017 ($948,000)
  • Construction – 2019 ($5.9 million)

Action Items Recently Accomplished:

Action Items Planned:

US 17 Martin County – SR 1119 to SR 1205 Access Mgmt. (R-5810)

  • Not Deliverable
  • Total cost: $9.2 million (NC Highway Trust Fund) Division Tier
  • Unfunded: $0
  • Right of Way / Utilities – 2023 ($1.9 million)
  • Construction – 2025 ($7.3 million)

Action Items Recently Accomplished:

Action Items Planned:

Project Manager: John Abel. (252) 482-1851, jabel@ncdot.gov

US 17 Upgrade to Interstate, Bertie & Chowan Cos. (R-5731)

  • Not on Current STIP
  • Total cost: $42.94 million (NC Highway Trust Fund)
  • Unfunded: $42.94 million
  • Begin planning / design activities – 2018
  • R/W Acquisition – Unfunded ($3 million)
  • Construction – Unfunded ($39.9 million)

Project Managers: Joseph Miller, P.E. (919) 707-6031, josephmiller@ncdot.gov

US 17 Perquimans Co. – Convert New Hope Rd. to Interchange (R-4458)

  • Not Deliverable
  • Total cost: $11.7 million (NC Highway Trust Fund) Division Tier
  • Unfunded: $0
  • Right of Way / Utilities – 2023 ($2.6 million)
  • Construction – 2025 ($9.1 million)

Action Items Recently Accomplished:

Action Items Planned:

Project Manager: John Abel. (252) 482-1851, jabel@ncdot.gov

US 17 Perquimans Co. – Convert Harvey Point Rd. to Interchange (R-4459)

  • Not Deliverable
  • Total cost: $12.923 million (National Highway Program) Regional Tier
  • Unfunded: $0
  • Right of Way / Utilities – 2024 ($3.75 million)
  • Construction – 2026 ($9.1 million)

Action Items Recently Accomplished:

Action Items Planned:

Project Manager: John Abel. (252) 482-1851, jabel@ncdot.gov

US 17 Perquimans Co. – Replace Bridge over Brights Mill Creek (B-5604)

  • Deliverable
  • Total cost: $2.435 million (Highway Fund Bridge Program)
  • Unfunded: $0
  • R/W Acquisition – 2018 ($210,000)
  • Construction – 2019 ($2.1 million)

Action Items Recently Accomplished:

Action Items Planned:

US 17 Business Hertford – Replace Swing Span Bridge (R-4467)

  • Deliverable
  • Total cost: $34.1 million (NC Highway Trust Fund)  Regional Tier
  • Unfunded: $0
  • Environmental Assessment approved – 2013
  • Public Hearing held – 2013
  • Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) – March 2017
  • Utilities – 2018 ($1.3 million)
  • R/W Acquisition – 2018 ($900,000)
  • Construction – Beginning 2018 ($31.9 million)

Action Items Recently Accomplished:

  • NCDOT changed selected alternative from Alternative D-Mod (fixed-span bridge) to Alternative B (swing-span bridge) in response to resolutions passed by Town of Hertford, Perquimans County and concerns expressed by State Historic Preservation Office (HPO).

Action Items Planned:

  • Memorandum of Agreement expected to be completed in spring 2017.
  • FONSI expected to be completed in June 2017.

Project Manager: Joseph Miller, P.E. (919) 707-6031, josephmiller@ncdot.gov

US 17 Business – Oak Stump Road, Improve Intersection (U-5939)

  • Not Deliverable
  • Total cost: $1.588 million (NC Highway Trust Fund) Regional Tier
  • Unfunded: $0
  • Right of Way / Utilities – 2023 ($340,000)
  • Construction – 2025 ($1.248 million)

Action Items Recently Accomplished:

Action Items Planned:

  • Expect to hire design firm summer 2017.

Project Manager: John Abel. (252) 482-1851, jabel@ncdot.gov

US 17 Business – Access Mgmt., Church St. to N. Road St. (U-5940)

  • Not Deliverable
  • Total cost: $18.893 million (NC Highway Trust Fund) Regional Tier
  • Unfunded: $0
  • Right of Way / Utilities – 2023 ($6.788 million)
  • Construction – Beginning 2025 ($12.105 million)

Action Items Recently Accomplished:

Action Items Planned:

  • Holding local officials meeting in spring 2017 to discuss project and receive comments.

Project Manager: John Abel. (252) 482-1851, jabel@ncdot.gov