Four Lanes For All Of Highway 17 Decades Away

About one week after Washington's new bypass opened in Beaufort County, officials sat down to talk about the future of Highway 17.

The Highway 17 Association held its annual meeting in New Bern Tuesday afternoon. The main topic of conversation---getting Highway 17 fully improved from Virginia to South Carolina, which means making it all four lanes.

Marc Finlayson is with the Highway 17 Association. "It's going to improve safety for the citizens who improve the road, it's going to increase mobility, which will help attract industry that needs access to a four lane road, it's going to increase tourism for people who want to get to some of the wonderful attractions in the corridor, help our military grow, it's going to help our ports meet their needs moving goods in and out, a lot of good reasons to improve 17, we're working hard on it."

Association members predict at least another couple of decades before Highway 17 is all four lanes and that's if funding continues to flow for transportation projects in North Carolina.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 31, 2010 at 12:56 PM
    The state needs to repave and care for the roads they have before they start spending money on something new.
  • by beachbum3 on Mar 31, 2010 at 09:26 AM
    If it is going to take decades before it is completed then by that time thay wiil be having to redo the parts of 17 that have just been completed for it wiil surely have crumbled an come all to pices by then if not befro maybe even in the next two to three years if we the taxpayier of this state are truely lucky (scarastic)thank you
  • by Anonymous on Mar 30, 2010 at 08:17 PM
    Do you know why Jones county is still two lanes? Not enough money in the county to warrant widening it. If it's gonna get done, Craven (New Bern) and Onslow (Jacksonville) will need to kick in the balance of funding. THEY are the ones that use the road commuting to and from New Bern to Jacksonville. "Tourism"? lol...they might stop at Hardees on the way through Maysville...but otherwise, there is nothing in Jones county to attract tourists. (Ice & Beer at the Piggly Wiggly, perhaps?)

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