U.S. Route 17 in North Carolina
Route of US 17 in red
|Maintained by NCDOT|
|Length||286.0 mi (460.3 km)|
|South end||US 17 at the South Carolina state line|
|North end||US 17 at the Virginia state line|
|Counties||Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender, Onslow, Jones, Craven, Beaufort, Martin, Bertie, Chowan, Perquimans, Pasquotank, Camden|
U.S. Route 17 (US 17) in the U.S. state of North Carolina is a north–south highway that is known as the Coastal Highway in the southeastern half of the state and the Ocean Highway in other areas. The route enters the state from South Carolina near Calabash, and leaves in the vicinity of the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia. Between the US 64 freeway and the Virginia state line, US 17 is a four-lane divided highway with speed limits varying between 45 miles per hour (72 km/h) and 70 miles per hour (110 km/h).
In Wilmington, US 17 (here concurrent with US 76 and US 421) crosses the Cape Fear River between New Hanover County and Brunswick County over the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. US 17 then travels east through the city of Wilmington with US 76 on Wooster/Dawson Streets and Oleander Drive, intersecting US 117, NC 132 and US 74. At the end of the US 76 concurrency near Wrightsville Beach, US 17 travels north as Military Cutoff Road before meeting up with Market Street and US 17 Business and exiting the city northeast. North of Holly Ridge US 17 begins to move further away from the Atlantic Coast. Then, it bypasses Jacksonville along with NC 24. Between New Bern and James City, US 17 (concurrent with US 70 and NC 55) crosses the Trent River by way of the Freedom Memorial Bridge. Farther east, between James City and Bridgeton, US 17, still concurrent with NC 55, crosses the Neuse River over the Neuse River Bridge. Traffic going north on US 17 when using US 70's concurrency can bypass New Bern altogether via NC 43, ironically both the west end of US 17's concurrency on US 70 and NC 43's southern terminus both, respectively have a north and south protrusion of unused highway since full cloverleaf junctions were scrapped in the area.[clarification needed]
In Washington, US 17 crosses the Pamlico River over the Pamlico-Tar River Bridge and intersects with NC 32 and US 264. Farther along in Bear Grass, US 17 joins a concurrency with a limited-access portion of US 13/US 64, although US 64 moves east before US 13/US 17 reaches Williamston, where the limited-access segment ends. US 13/US 17 uses the Roanoke River Bridge to cross the Roanoke River, then before US 13 moves onto the interchange with North King Street it crosses the Cashie River Bridge over the Cashie River at Windsor. At the Bertie County-Chowan County line, US 17 traverses the Chowan River from Edenhouse to Edenton. East of Edenton, US 17 shares a concurrency with NC 37 until they reach Hertford where it branches off to the northwest onto US 17 Business. US 17 crosses the Perquimans River via the Perquimans River Bridge. Between Perquimans County and Pasquotank County, US 17 crosses the Little River over the Little River Bridge. A bypass route splits off to the northwest as US 17 (Mainline) continues into Elizabeth City as Hughes Boulevard, picking up concurrency with US 158 until US 158 splits off to the west at Morgan's Corner. US 17 crosses the Pasquotank River between Morgan's Corner in Pasquotank County and South Mills in Camden County, before entering Virginia adjacent to the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.
US 17 was established in 1927, traversing from South Carolina, near Fair Bluff, to Virginia, near South Mills. Its routing was placed along the following state highways: NC 202, from the South Carolina state line to Chadbourn; NC 20, from Chadbourn to Wilmington; NC 30, from Wilmington to Windsor; NC 342, from Windsor to Elizabeth City; NC 34, from Elizabeth City to Morgans Corner; and NC 341, from Morgans Corner to the Virginia state line.
In May 2015, AASHTO approved a request to reroute US 17 back through Wilmington, following US 76 along Oleander Drive and Military Cutoff Road. The justification for the route change was to better serve industry and commerce. In May 2017, US 17 was officially rerouted through Wilmington, ending its northern bypass route.
As a major north-south corridor through the coastal area, US 17 has been the target of various Interstate Highway proposals over the years. The earliest known proposal was in 1964, with a proposal supported by then-governor Terry Sanford, was to build a new Interstate from Fayetteville to Norfolk, Virginia, via US 13 and US 17. Designated Interstate 13 (I-13), it received support from various local officials; but was not supported by the North Carolina Highway Commission, which ended discussions.
During the mid-1990s through mid-2000s, I-99 was proposed between Charleston, South Carolina and Wilmington, Delaware, completely overlapping all of US 17 in North Carolina. In 2006, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) completed a study on the feasibility of the interstate and concluded with the high cost and disinterest of other states, notably South Carolina, that it was not feasible and recommend to not pursue further.
In 2012, NCDOT backed and presented a letter to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) requesting the establishment of a new high priority corridor between Raleigh and Norfolk, designated I-44 (or I-50, with I-56 and I-89 as other possible numbers). This corridor follows US 64 and US 17, north of Williamston. The following year, I-495 was established east of Raleigh and was routed on part of this proposed route. In 2014, various supporters, including Governor Pat McCrory, Congressman G. K. Butterfield, NCDOT and the Regional Transportation Alliance (RTA), have made cases and written letters to federal officials in support of the new interstate corridor. In 2016, AASHTO approved designation of I-87 along US 17 between Williamston and the Virginia state line.
North Carolina Highway 341
|Location||Morgans Corner, NC–VA state line|
|Length||10.4 mi (16.7 km)|
North Carolina Highway 341 (NC 341) was an original state highway that traversed from NC 34, in Morgans Corner, to South Mills. In 1923, it was extended north to the Virginia state line, meeting up with SR 40. In 1927, it was completely overlapped with US 17, which subsequently replaced it outright in 1934.
In Chowan County, the existing freeway section of US 17, which bypasses Edenton, will be fully upgraded to modern interstate standards. At a cost of $13 million, it will mainly focus on widening travel lanes and building shoulders; construction is planned to start in 2025.
|Brunswick||Carolina Shores||0.0||0.0||US 17 south – Myrtle Beach||South Carolina state line|
|||I-74 (Carolina Bays Parkway)||Proposed interchange (unfunded)|
|Grissettown||6.9||11.1||NC 904 – Ocean Isle Beach, Tabor City|
US 17 Bus. north – Shallotte
|13.2||21.2||NC 130 – Shallotte, Whiteville|
US 17 Bus. south – Shallotte
|Supply||21.6||34.8||NC 211 – Bolton, St. James, Southport|
US 17 Bus. north (Old Ocean Highway) – Bolivia
|||28.6||46.0||NC 906 south (Galloway Road) – Oak Island||Northern terminus of NC 906|
US 17 Bus. south (Old Ocean Highway) – Bolivia
|Winnabow||35.0||56.3||NC 87 south – Boiling Spring Lakes, Southport||South end of NC 87 overlap|
|||38.3||61.6||NC 87 north – Elizabethtown||North end of NC 87 overlap, superstreet intersection|
|||39.2||63.1||39||I-140 east – Topsail Island, Jacksonville, New Bern||I-140 exit 1|
|Leland||44.0||70.8||US 74 / US 76 west – Whiteville||West end of US 74/US 76 overlap; south end of freeway section|
|45.0||72.4||NC 133 south – Belville, Southport, Oak Island||West end of NC 133 overlap|
|||47.0||75.6||US 74 east / US 421 / NC 133 north – Wrightsville Beach, Battleship NC, Clinton||East end of US 74 and north end of US 421/NC 133 overlap|
|New Hanover||Cape Fear River||Cape Fear Memorial Bridge|
|Wilmington||State Port (US 421 Truck south)||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; north end of freeway section|
US 421 south / US 17 Bus. north (3rd Street) – Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Downtown Wilmington
|South end of US 421 overlap; to North Carolina Aquarium and Fort Fisher State Park|
|US 117 / NC 132 (College Road) to I-40 – Carolina Beach, UNC Wilmington||Interchange; to the North Carolina State Ports Authority|
|US 74 / US 76 east (Eastwood Road) – Wrightsville Beach||East end of US 76 overlap|
US 17 Bus. south (Market Street) – Downtown Wilmington
|NC 417 north (Military Cutoff Road)||Future interchange; planned to open in 2022|
|Kirkland||NC 140 west to I-140 / I-40 – Myrtle Beach, Benson|
|Pender||Hampstead||69.1||111.2||NC 210 west – Rocky Point||West end of NC 210 overlap|
|||77.7||125.0||NC 210 east – Surf City, Topsail Beach||East end of NC 210 overlap|
|Onslow||Holly Ridge||81.9||131.8||NC 50 (Ocean Road) – Surf City, Maple Hill|
|Folkstone||86.3||138.9||NC 172 north (Sneads Ferry Road) – Sneads Ferry||Southern terminus of NC 172|
|Dixon||89.9||144.7||NC 210 west (Rifle Range Road) – Topsail Beach, Sneads Ferry||Southern terminus of NC 210|
US 17 Bus. north – Jacksonville
|South end of freeway section; northbound left exit and southbound entrance|
|101.6||163.5||NC 24 west to US 258 – Richlands, Kinston||West end of NC 24 overlap; southbound access to US 17 Bus. northbound|
|104.6||168.3||Montford Point Road||Northbound exit and southbound entrance|
NC 24 east / NC 24 Bus. west – Camp Lejeune, Morehead City
|East end of NC 24 overlap|
|106.4||171.2||110||West Huff Drive|
US 17 Bus. south to US 258 / Jacksonville Parkway – Jacksonville (Downtown)
|North end of freeway section; no exit number southbound|
|Jones||Maysville||120.5||193.9||NC 58 south – Cape Cateret, Emerald Isle||South end of NC 58 overlap|
|Pollocksville||127.5||205.2||NC 58 north – Trenton||North end of NC 58 overlap|
US 17 Bus. north – New Bern
|At-grade intersection; south end of freeway section|
|Craven||||132.8||213.7||141B||US 70 west – Kinston||South end of US 70 overlap; left entrance northbound, left exits; US 70 exit 410A|
|||139.1||223.9||411||NC 43 north – Greenville, Vanceboro||Southern terminus of NC 43; exit numbers follow US 70|
|New Bern||141.3||227.4||Glenburnie Road – Craven Community College|
US 17 Bus. – New Bern, Jacksonville
|143.9||231.6||416||NC 55 west (Pembroke Road) – Trent Woods||West end of NC 55 overlap|
|James City||145.1||233.5||417||US 70 east / East Front Street (US 17 Bus. south) – New Bern, Havelock, Morehead City||Signed as exits 417A (Front St.) and 417B (US 70); east end of US 70 overlap; exit to US 70 east not numbered northbound; US 70 west exit 417B|
|Bridgeton||147.8||237.9||NC 55 east – Bayboro||East end of NC 55 overlap|
|Emul||158.2||254.6||NC 43 south (Weyerhaeuser Road) – New Bern||South end of NC 43 overlap|
US 17 Bus. / NC 43 north – Vanceboro, Greenville
|North end of NC 43 overlap|
US 17 Bus. south – Vanceboro
|Beaufort||||172.0||276.8||NC 102 west – Ayden||Eastern terminus of NC 102|
US 17 Bus. north – Chocowinity
|Chocowinity||177.9||286.3||176||NC 33 – Chocowinity, Greenville||South end of expressway|
|Washington||181.9||292.7||180||US 264 – Washington, Greenville|
US 17 Bus. south (Carolina Avenue) – Washington
|Superstreet intersection; north end of expressway|
|Old Ford||187.2||301.3||NC 171 north – Jamesville||Southern terminus of NC 171|
US 13 south / US 64 west / US 17 Bus. north – Williamston, Tarboro
|South end of US 13 and west end of US 64 overlap|
|202.0||325.1||515||US 64 east – Plymouth, Manteo||East end of US 64 overlap; southbound access via US 64 Alt.|
US 64 Alt. (Jamesville Road) to US 64 east
US 17 Bus. south (Main Street)
US 13 north / US 17 Byp. north – Ahoskie, Edenton
|North end of US 13 and south end of US 13 Bus overlap|
US 13 Bus. north (Granville Street)
|North end of US 13 Bus overlap|
|215.6||347.0||NC 308 west (King Street)||West end of NC 308 overlap|
|216.8||348.9||NC 308 east (Cooper Hill Road)||East end of NC 308 overlap|
US 17 Byp. south – Williamston
|Midway||225.9||363.6||NC 45 – Plymouth, Colerain|
|Chowan River||Eden House Bridge; south end of expressway|
US 17 Bus. north (Queen Street) – Edenton
|Edenton||235.0||378.2||226||Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue|
|236.1||380.0||227||NC 32 (Virginia Road) – Edenton|
US 17 Bus. south (Broad Street) – Edenton
|North end of expressway|
|Perquimans||||240.9||387.7||NC 37 south – Plymouth, Columbia||South end of NC 37 overlap|
US 17 Bus. north – Hertford
US 17 Bus. south / NC 37 north – Hertford
|North end of NC 37 overlap|
|Pasquotank||Rabbit Corner||257.9||415.0||254||Okisko Road||South end of freeway section|
US 17 Byp. north – Chesapeake VA
|North end of freeway section; northbound exit and southbound entrance|
US 17 Bus. north (Ehringhaus Street) – Elizabeth City
|263.6||424.2||NC 344 (Halstead Boulevard) – Weeksville|
|264.7||426.0||US 158 east (Elizabeth Street) – Camden, Outer Banks||East end of US 158 overlap|
US 17 Bus. south (Road Street south)
US 17 Byp. south to US 158 – Hertford, Edenton
|Partial interchange; at-grade access to southbound/from northbound, left exit southbound, left entrance northbound; US 17 Byp. exit 264|
|Morgans Corner||276.0||444.2||US 158 west – Sunbury||West end of US 158 overlap|
US 17 Bus. north – South Mills, Nags Head
US 17 Bus. south / NC 343 – South Mills, Camden
|||286.0||460.3||US 17 north – Chesapeake||Virginia state line|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi|
There are numerous existing and former special routes of US 17 within the state of North Carolina.
- North Carolina Bicycle Route 3 - Concurrent with US 17 at multiple locations
- North Carolina Bicycle Route 5 - Concurrent with US 17 on its NC 133 concurrency
- Google (May 22, 2014). "U.S. Route 17 in North Carolina" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved May 22, 2014.
- "Certificate of Rulemaking" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. May 17, 2017. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
- State Highway System of North Carolina (PDF) (Map). Cartography by NCDOT. North Carolina Department of Transportation. 1930. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
- Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering (May 14, 2015). "Special Committee on U.S. Route Numbering Spring 2015 Report to the Standing Committee on Highways" (PDF) (Report). Washington, DC: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. p. 4. Archived (PDF) from the original on June 3, 2019. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
- "Route Changes (2017-05-17)" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. May 17, 2017. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
- "Sanford Backs New Road Plan". Star-News. Wilmington, NC. April 17, 1964. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
- Homer, Pierce R. (November 2006). "Construction of I-99: Appropriation Act Item 427 H. (Special Session I, 2006)" (PDF). Virginia Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 10, 2013.
- Gibson, Terry R. (November 27, 2012). "Designation of I-44" (PDF). Letter to John F. Sullivan III. Raleigh, NC: North Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved May 15, 2014.
- Tata, Anthony J. (June 11, 2014). "Route to Opportunity and Development Act (ROAD Act_" (PDF). Letter to G.K. Butterfield. North Carolina Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 23, 2015. Retrieved September 4, 2014.
- "Future Interstate Designation: Raleigh, NC to Norfolk, VA" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. June 11, 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 23, 2015. Retrieved September 4, 2014 – via Regional Transportation Alliance.
- "Interstate 495 to Rocky Mount—Future I-44 to Hampton Roads". Raleigh, NC: Regional Transportation Alliance. December 14, 2013. Archived from the original on May 5, 2014. Retrieved February 16, 2014.
- Google (March 28, 2015). "North Carolina Highway 341" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
- "SPOT ID: H141869" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. September 22, 2014. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
- Staff. "I-74 Feasibility Study". North Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved May 22, 2014.
- I-74 Feasibility Map (PDF) (Map). North Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved May 22, 2014.
- Media related to U.S. Route 17 in North Carolina at Wikimedia Commons
- NCRoads.com: U.S. 17
- NCRoads.com: U.S. 17-A
- NCRoads.com: U.S. 17 Business
- North Carolina @ AARoads - U.S. Highway 17
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