U.S. Route 17 in North Carolina

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 17 in North Carolina. For the entire route, see U.S. Route 17.

U.S. Route 17 marker

U.S. Route 17
Route of US 17 in red
Route information
Maintained by NCDOT
Length: 286.0 mi[1] (460.3 km)
Existed: 1927 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 17 at the SC line
 

US 74 / US 76 in Leland
I‑140 / US 421 near Wilmington
I‑40 in Murraysville
US 70 near New Bern
US 13 / US 64 in Williamston

US 158 in Elizabeth City
North end: US 17 at the VA line
Highway system
NC 16 NC 18

In the U.S. state of North Carolina U.S. Route 17 (US 17) 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).

Route description[edit]

US 17 enters Brunswick County, North Carolina in Carolina Shores amid a variety of golf course communities. Carolina Shores was part of Calabash until 1998.

In Wilmington, US 17 (here concurrent with Interstate 140) crosses the Northeast Cape Fear River between New Hanover County and Brunswick County over the Dan Cameron Bridge. 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 road 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 13-64, although US 64 moves east before US 13-17 reaches Williamston, where the limited-access segment ends. US 13-17 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 BUS 17. 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.

History[edit]

Historical Marker along US 17

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.[2]

Interstate proposals[edit]

As a major north-south corridor through the coastal area, US 17 has been the target of various interstate proposals over the years. The earliest known proposal was in 1964, with a proposal supported by Governor Terry Sanford, was to build a new interstate from Fayetteville to Norfolk, Virginia, via US 13 and US 17. Named Interstate 13, it received support from various local officials; but was not supported by the North Carolina Highway Commission, which ended discussions.[3]

During the mid-1990s through mid-2000s, Interstate 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.[4]

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, named Interstate 44 (or Interstate 50). This corridor follows US 64 and US 17, north of Williamston.[5] The following year, Interstate 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.[6][7][8]

North Carolina Highway 341[edit]

NC Highway 341
Location: Morgans Corner, NCVA state line
Length: 10.4 mi[9] (16.7 km)
Existed: 1921–1934

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.[2]

Future[edit]

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.[10]

Junction list[edit]

County Location mi[1] km Exit Destinations Notes
Brunswick Carolina Shores 0.0 0.0 US 17 south – Myrtle Beach South Carolina state line
  I‑74 (Carolina Bays Parkway) Proposed interchange (unfunded)[11][12]
Grissettown 6.9 11.1 NC 904 – Ocean Isle Beach, Tabor City
Shallotte 11.9 19.2
US 17 Bus. north – Shallotte
13.2 21.2 NC 130 – Shallotte, Whiteville
16.0 25.7
US 17 Bus. south – Shallotte
Supply 21.6 34.8 NC 211 – Bolton, St. James, Southport
Bolivia 23.6 38.0
US 17 Bus. north – Bolivia
Superstreet intersection
30.5 49.1
US 17 Bus. south – 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 – Maco North end of NC 87 overlap
  39.2 63.1 NC 140 east
Leland 44.0 70.8 US 74 / US 76 west – Whiteville West end of US 74/US 76 overlap
45.0 72.4 NC 133 south – Belville, Southport West end of NC 133 overlap
47.0 75.6
US 76 east / US 421 south / US 17 Bus. north – Wilmington, Carolina Beach
East end of US 76 and south end of US 421 overlap
New Hanover   48.5 78.1 US 74 east / NC 133 north – Wrightsville Beach, Hightsville East end of US 74 and north end of NC 133 overlap
  51.3 82.6 14 I‑140 / US 421 north / NC 140 – Clinton West end of I–140/NC 140 and north end of US 421 overlap
NE Cape Fear River 52.2 84.0 Dan Cameron Bridge
  55.0 88.5 17 NC 133 – Castle Hayne, Wrightsboro I-140 exit 17
Murraysville 58.0 93.3 20
A-B
A: I‑40 west – Benson, Raleigh
B: I‑40 east – Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach
Signed as exits 20A (west) and 20B (east)
East end of I-140 overlap
Kirkland 63.2 101.7
US 17 Bus. south – Wilmington
East end of NC 140 overlap
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
Dixon 89.9 144.7 NC 210 west (Rifle Range Road) – Topsail Beach, Sneads Ferry
Jacksonville 101.2 162.9
US 17 Bus. north – Jacksonville
101.6 163.5 NC 24 west to US 258 – Richlands, Kinston Wes end of NC 24 overlap; Southbound access to US 17 Bus northbound
104.6 168.3 Montford Point Road Northbound exit and southbound entrance
105.0 169.0
NC 24 east / NC 24 Bus. west – Camp Lejeune, Morehead City
East end of NC 24 overlap
106.4 171.2 Huff Drive
107.2 172.5
US 17 Bus. south (Marine Boulevard) – Jacksonville
Northern terminus of US-Bus 17
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
  132.7 213.6
US 17 Bus. north – New Bern
Craven   132.8 213.7 147 US 70 west – Kinston Signed as exits 147A (east) and 147B (west); US 17 exits 147A
  139.1 223.9 412 NC 43 north – Greenville, Vanceboro
New Bern 141.3 227.4 Glenburnie Road To Craven Community College
142.3 229.0
US 17 Bus. – New Bern, Jacksonville
143.9 231.6 416 NC 55 west (Pembroke Road) – Trent Woods West end of NC 55 overlap
145.1 233.5 417
US 70 east / US 17 Bus. south (East Front Street) – New Bern, Havelock, Morehead City
Signed as exits 417A (Front) and 417B (west); east end of US 70 overlap
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
Vanceboro 161.7 260.2
US 17 Bus. / NC 43 north – Vanceboro, Greenville
North end of NC 43 overlap
165.1 265.7
US 17 Bus. south – Vanceboro
Beaufort   172.0 276.8 NC 102 west – Calico Eastern terminus of NC 102
  177.1 285.0
US 17 Bus. north – Chocowinity
Superstreet intersection
Chocowinity 177.9 286.3 176 NC 33 – Chocowinity, Greenville
Washington 181.9 292.7 180 US 264 – Washington, Greenville
182.7 294.0
US 17 Bus. south (Carolina Avenue) – Washington
Superstreet intersection
Old Ford 187.2 301.3 NC 171 north – Jamesville
Martin Williamston 200.5 322.7 514
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
202.2 325.4
US 64 Alt. (Jamesville Road)
203.4 327.3
US 17 Bus. south (Main Street)
Bertie Windsor 214.6 345.4
US 13 north / US 17 Byp. north – Ahoskie, Edenton
North end of US 13 and south end of US 13 Bus overlap
214.7 345.5
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
  222.5 358.1
US 17 Byp. south – Williamston
Midway 125.9 202.6 NC 45 – Plymouth, Colerain
Chowan   232.9 374.8 224
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
237.2 381.7 228 Paradise Road
  238.7 384.2 230
US 17 Bus. south (Broad Street) – Edenton
Perquimans   240.9 387.7 NC 37 south – Plymouth, Columbia South end of NC 37 overlap
Hertford 246.8 397.2
US 17 Bus. north – Hertford
Winfall 250.0 402.3
US 17 Bus. south / NC 37 north – Hertford
North end of NC 37 overlap
Pasquotank Rabbit Corner 257.9 415.0 254 Okisko Road
  258.5 416.0 255
US 17 Byp. north – Chesapeake
Elizabeth City 263.2 423.6
US 17 Bus. north (Ehringhaus Street)
263.6 424.2 NC 344 (Halstead Boulevard)
264.7 426.0 US 158 east (Elizabeth Street) – Camden East end of US 158 overlap
265.6 427.4
US 17 Bus. south (Road Street)
  272.9 439.2 264
US 17 Byp. south – Hertford, Edenton
Morgans Corner 276.0 444.2 US 158 west – Sunbury West end of US 158 overlap
Camden South Mills 277.4 446.4
US 17 Bus. north – South Mills
  279.8 450.3
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

Bannered routes[edit]

There are numerous existing and former bannered routes of US 17 within the state of North Carolina.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Google (May 22, 2014). "U.S. Route 17 in North Carolina" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b State Highway System of North Carolina (PDF) (Map). Cartography by NCDOT. North Carolina Department of Transportation. 1930. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Sanford Backs New Road Plan". Star-News (Wilmington, NC). April 17, 1964. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ 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. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Future Interstate Designation: Raleigh, NC to Norfolk, VA" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. June 11, 2014. Retrieved September 4, 2014 – via Regional Transportation Alliance. 
  8. ^ "Interstate 495 to Rocky Mount—Future I-44 to Hampton Roads". Raleigh, NC: Regional Transportation Alliance. December 14, 2013. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  9. ^ Google (March 28, 2015). "North Carolina Highway 341" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  10. ^ "SPOT ID: H141869" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Transportation. September 22, 2014. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  11. ^ Staff. "I-74 Feasibility Study". North Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved May 22, 2014. 
  12. ^ I-74 Feasibility Map (PDF) (Map). North Carolina Department of Transportation. Retrieved May 22, 2014. 

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